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by Mark Zalewski
November 11, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Grosu wins Tour of Taihu Lake, stage 5; Dimension Data Principal on WorldTour numbers: ‘The right decision was made for cycling’; Italian federation acquits all in ‘pay-to-race’ scheme; Baby Giro returning in 2017; Is a new Chinese WorldTour race in the works?; Opening round of Revolution Series Champions League cancelled; Rally Cycling adds Junior World Time Trial Champion Brandon McNulty; Cylance Pro Cycling completes roster with Marta Tagliaferro; Jan Dieteren making comeback after recovery from cancer; Linus Gerdemann pondering retirement; Julian Dean convicted of drunk driving; Downhill Taxco 2016 Course Preview.
Retired pro and former Olympian Julian Dean was found guilty of drunk driving near his home in New Zealand. His conviction carries a $800 fine, costs of $130 and a six month driving ban.
“It was an error of judgement for which I have no excuse, and I am extremely regretful and disappointed in myself,” Dean said in a statement. “I have taken this episode very seriously and it has had a profound effect on me. I wish to apologise to my family, friends and supporters, particularly my wife and my two boys.
“I entered an immediate guilty plea and am prepared to take the punishment without question, accepting fully I was in the wrong.
“Those who know me well know I have been having some personal issues since retiring from racing and returning to New Zealand, and am thankful for all the support they continue to give me.”
Dean rode in seven Tours de France, including two alongside the disgraced Lance Armstrong. He retired from racing with the then ORICA-GreenEdge team, and now works in an assistant sport director role with the organisation.
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