Lance Armstrong talks Dan Martin and “Irish cycling royalty”

Posted on: July 13th, 2018

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Former US pro Lance Armstrong was watching Dan Martin’s win and offers his view of it.


Lance Armstrong on Dan Martin and Irish cycling royalty


Lance Armstrong has said Dan Martin’s win at the Tour de France was a gutsy ride as he went clear while some of the top general classification riders were losing ground.

The stage – the sixth of the race – raced up the Mur de Bretagne twice; the finish at the top of the second passage.

Martin attacked about halfway up the 2km climb on the second passage and won solo.

On his podcast – The Move – Lance Armstrong said Martin was the man of the day by far.

“When he went with nearly a kilometre to go, I’m like ‘oh no, way too early, way too early’,” he said.

Armstrong added the climb was straight all the way, with no twists and turns. And so when Dan Martin went, his rivals could see him all the way but he didn’t care.

“So for him to have the guts to do that and to hold it off; I mean it’s super, super impressive and very difficult.

“And he’s riding away and four of the favourites are off the back.”

Those to lose time with Chris Froome, Romain Bardet, Tom Dumoulin and Rigoberto Uran.


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Armstrong continued: “Dan Martin basically comes from Irish cycling royalty. He’s the nephew of Stephen Roche; Tour de France winner, Tour of Italy winner, world champion.

“And he’s the cousin of Nicolas Roche of team BMC; Irish cycling royalty. There you have it.”

Armstrong is not on the Tour as he records the podcast. He is banned from cycling for life over his career-long doping.


On Froome, Thomas, Cavendish

Meanwhile, banned Armstrong said he was staggered Team Sky had nominated Geraint Thomas as co-leader with Chris Froome for the Tour.

Froome is aiming for his fifth Tour win. But Thomas’s best Grand Tour finish is 15th.

Though he has been riding for others, mostly for Froome; he has only finished in the top 30 in Grand Tours for 12 starts.

Of Froome’s 16 Grand Tour starts, he has won six, been 2nd four times, 4th once, disqualified once and finished 83rd (Tour 2008) and 36th (Giro 2009).

Furthermore, Lance Armstrong said doesn’t believe Mark Cavendish is going to equal Eddy Merckx’s Tour de France stage win record.

Cavendish has 30 Tour stage wins. However, he needs four to catch Merckx. Furthermore, the Manxman’s best result on this Tour has been 21st on stage 4.