Dan Martin targets aggressive ride at Critérium du Dauphiné

Posted on: June 6th, 2019

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Dan Martin takes his Critérium du Dauphiné win last year. The Irish cyclist goes into this year’s race looking to test his condition and get some results.

A star performer in stage races as his career has progressed, Dan Martin has said he is looking forward to getting stuck in at Critérium du Dauphiné.

The eight-stage race begins on Sunday and Martin will use it as a tune-up for the Tour de France.

That involves getting his own performance up to the standard required and working closely with his team mates as a strong unit.

He will come up against formidable rivals in the shape of Chris Froome (Team Ineos), Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale), Nairo Quintana (Movistar), Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) and Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo).

The stakes could not be any higher for the Irishman in the next couple of months.

He has been 9th, 6th and 8th in the Tour in the last three months and is aiming for a podium finish.

This year’s route is hilly and has very little time trialling, meaning it is well suit to him; underlining the importance of Critérium du Dauphiné to prepare.

Last year he won stage 5 of the week-long race and was 4th overall. And he was 3rd overall in both 2016 and 2017.

“Dauphiné is a race I always enjoy. Racing on the French roads against a high level competition is the perfect preparation for the Tour de France,” he said.

“Training has gone well and I feel good although I’m not sure on my expectations having not raced since Liege-Bastogne-Liege.

“So it is always an unknown how the first race back will go. The aim is to get a good weeks racing in the legs and to continue building towards July.

“I’ve performed well in the last few years at the race. So I am just aiming to enjoy the race and hope the legs are there to be aggressive at some point in the week”.

The 32-year-old goes into the race as clear leader of UAE Team Emirates, which is on a high after a strong Giro.

In the team with Dan Martin is Rory Sutherland as well as Vegard Stake Laengen, Cristian Muñoz, Simone Petilli, Edward Ravasi and Oliviero Troia.