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Bound for Lombardy; Dan Martin ready for 2018’s last big effort

Posted on: October 12th, 2018

Dan Martin Tour de France stage 17

Dan Martin has won Il Lombardia in the past. And while his form has not been great since the Tour back in July, he believes he’s coming good at the right tomorrow.

 

Having won the race in the past Dan Martin is all set for one last very big effort of 2018 at the Tour of Lombardy.

The race takes place in Italy tomorrow, with Martin named among the seven-man UAE Team Emirates line-up for the event.

He has a very strong record in the race, winning in 2014, taking 2nd in 2011 and claiming 4th in 2013.

And while he has not replicated the form he showed in the Tour de France in the period since that race, he believes he is ready to have a go tomorrow.

Martin was 16th in Milano-Torino (1.HC) in Italy on Wednesday. He was in contention until deep into the race.

Indeed, he looked at his sharpest since that Tour ride in July, when he won a stage and finished 8th overall.

Wednesday’s race was won by Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), with Dan Martin finishing 1:13 down.

And while he will need to do better to win Il Lombardia, he believes he has more in the tank.

 

Dan Martin wins the 2014 edition from Alejandro Valverde, Rui Costa, Tim Wellens and Samuel Sanchez.

 

Dan Martin said after Milano-Torino he had only come down from altitude in Andorra on Wednesday. The quick switch into racing caused him some breathing problems.

But he believes with a couple of days acclimatisation before Il Lombardia, he will be ready.

“Il Lombardia is a race of high-importance, one of the monuments, an important appointment for our team,” team manager Mario Scirea said.

“We have selected a high-level group for such a prestigious race. Our seven riders have talent and quality to be protagonists and to pull in results.

“We have faith in our riders, also knowing that it’s going to be hard battle given the high-level of competition.”

As well as Dan Martin, the team includes Fabio Aru and Rui Costa. All three are capable of a big result, and potentially winning on their day.

They will be backed by Marco Marcato, Manuele Mori, Edward Ravasi and Rory Sutherland.

The race begins in Bergamo and takes the riders to Como, covering 241km. The route includes the climbs of Colle Gallo, Colle Brianza, Madonna del Ghisallo, Muro di Sormano and Civiglio.

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