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Dean keen to keep riding despite latest hurdle

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Julian Dean (GreenEdge) was diagnosed with a broken leg from his collision with a parked car.

Julian Dean (GreenEdge) was diagnosed with a broken leg from his collision with a parked car. (Image credit: Rafael Gómez Alonso)
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Julian Dean (GreenEdge) hit a parked car while trying to avoid a crash.

Julian Dean (GreenEdge) hit a parked car while trying to avoid a crash. (Image credit: Rafael Gómez Alonso)
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Julian Dean (GreenEdge) receives treatment

Julian Dean (GreenEdge) receives treatment (Image credit: Rafael Gómez Alonso)
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Julian Dean (GreenEdge) receives treatment

Julian Dean (GreenEdge) receives treatment (Image credit: Rafael Gómez Alonso)
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Julian Dean (GreenEdge) receives attention following his crash into a parked car.

Julian Dean (GreenEdge) receives attention following his crash into a parked car. (Image credit: Rafael Gómez Alonso)
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Julian Dean (GreenEdge) collided with a parked car when he swerved to avoid a crash early in stage 3.

Julian Dean (GreenEdge) collided with a parked car when he swerved to avoid a crash early in stage 3. (Image credit: Rafael Gómez Alonso)

It's been revealed that Julian Dean (GreenEdge) suffered a double fracture to his leg when he crashed into a parked car at the Volta a Catalunya on Wednesday.

The stage race was Dean's first back following a fractured shoulder suffered at the GreenEdge training camp in the Australian Alps in early December. Wednesday's accident took place just 10 kilometres into the shortened queen stage. Dean was swerving to avoid riders who had crashed ahead of him on the slippery road, following horrific weather conditions in the Pyrenees, when he collided with a parked car.

The result was two severe breaks, but in some positive news, an MRI scan revealed that no soft tissue damage had occurred.

"The breaks will need to be plated and screwed but the good news is there's no other damage, that would have been a totally different ball game," Dean's wife Carole told Fairfax Media.

"He's pretty good morale-wise, looking forward to getting it [surgery] over and done with and getting on with rehabilitation."

Thirsty-seven-year-old Dean, speaking to the Daily Post from his hospital bed in Valencia, explained that the injury would not necessarily result in his retirement.

"I want to keep going ... a big part of me doesn't want it to end this way but you can't make any rash decisions now. We have to take it step by step."