Dan Martin to get season underway with two races this week

Posted on: January 28th, 2019

Irish cyclist Dan Martin is getting his season underway in the next few days. And he’ll also take time to do some tests towards improving his TT riding.


Dan Martin will get his 2019 season underway later this week when he lines out two days in a row in Mallorca.

Ireland’s Martin will be part of a UAE Team Emirates rotating roster at Challenge Mallorca.

Over the course of the four races that make up a series of one-day races, UAE Team Emirates will use 12 riders.

In each of the four races seven riders will feature from the 12-strong group. Because the events are effectively a festival of racing rather than a stage race, riders are not required to compete on all four days.

Dan Martin will ride the Trofeo Andratx Loseta on Friday. It’s the second race in the series and features two cat 3 climbs.

He will then compete in the Trofeo de Tramuntana on Saturday. It features six climbs and a lumpy finale and would suit him best of four races on offer.

A solid 12 riders from UAE Team Emirates will race in the four days of the Challenge Mallorca, this January 31 to February 3.

The four seven-man teams guided by Sports Director Marco Marzano (Italy) and Technical Assistant Paolo Tiralongo (Italy):

He will ride in a selection on Saturday that also features of the team’s other top riders, Fabio Aru.

While UAE Team Emirates endured a challenging start to last season, Fernando Gaviria has already opened the team’s account for the year.

He claimed the opening stage of the Vuelta a San Juan in Argentina yesterday and was due to take the race leader’s jersey into today’s second stage.

Dan Martin will use the trip to Mallorca to gain some early season training miles and also to do some testing on his TT bike.

Along with Aru and Rui Costa, Martin will meet ride on Velodromo Palma in Mallorca tomorrow.

The purpose of that session is to test the Colnago K.One time trial bike. The team said the “bio-mechanical work” would be guided by its staff assisting the three riders.


Team looking for results

But aside from taking the opportunity to carry out tests that could aid Dan Martin in TTs in key races later in the year, including the Tour de France, the team said the racing on Mallorca was important for it.

“The Challenge Mallorca takes a certain importance given that we have 12 riders heading there,” said directeur sportif Marco Marzano.

“We have to see how the four days go and see on the road at what point we are in our training from the winter and not focus too much on results in the race.

“The 12 cyclists will rotate in the races, with five riders not competing each day but training under the guidance of our coaches.

“On top of that, we have the testing day on the velodrome. We are sure that this Mallorca trip will help us in our overall 2019 plan.”


UAE Team Emirates Challenge Mallorca selections

  • Trofeo Ses Salines, Campos, Porreres, Felanitx (176.9km), January 31: Fabio Aru (Italy), Alexander Kristoff (Norway), Vegard Stake Laengen (Norway), Marco Marcato (Italy), Yousif Mirza (UAE), Manuele Mori (Italy), Rui Oliveira (Portugal).
  • Trofeo Andratx Loseta (172.4km), February 1: Kristian Durasek (Croatia), Alexander Kristoff (Norway), Vegard Stake Laengen (Norway), Daniel Martin (Ireland), Simone Petilli (Italy), Edward Ravasi (Italy), Aleksandr Riabushenko (Belorussia).
  • Trofeo de Tramuntana (140.1km), February 2: Fabio Aru (Italy), Kristian Durasek (Croatia), Daniel Martin (Ireland), Yousif Mirza (UAE), Simone Petilli (Italy), Edward Ravasi (Italy), Aleksandr Riabushenko (Belorussia).
  • Trofeo Palma (159.6km), February 3: Kristian Durasek (Croatia), Alexander Kristoff (Norway), Vegard Stake Laengen (Norway), Marco Marcato (Italy), Manuele Mori (Italy), Rui Oliveira (Portugal).