Video: Dan Martin Catalunya challenge ended by crash at speed

Posted on: March 31st, 2019

Dan Martin was hoping to make a move up the general standings in Spain today but ended up on the tarmac as the finale of the last stage was really ramping up. It was a disappointing end to Volta a Catalunya, just as it had been last year.

 

In something of a repeat of last year’s final stage in the Volta a Catalunya, Dan Martin’s general classification challenge was ended today by a crash.

The Irish rider remounted and managed to finish the race, run off on a challenge undulating circuit in Barcelona.

However, he crashed with 40km remaining and when the racing was really going forward. It meant getting back into the group with the other contenders was always going to be difficult.

But that scenario was complicated even further when the UAE Team Emirates rider endured further problems when he managed to get going again.

He had injured his leg in the group pile-up and he suffered badly, especially in that first period after he remounted.

To his credit he struggled on around the Montjuic circuit, as he did 12 months ago after crashing, and finished in 97th place.

He was in the last group on the road and came home some 12:21 down on stage winner Davide Formolo (Bora-hansgrohe).

 

Formolo wins the final stage. The three men of the podium; Yates. Lopez and Bernal.

 

Most of the main favourites finished just 55 seconds down on the Italian winner. And that meant Dan Martin tumbled down the final general classification.

He started the day in 5th place, some 46 seconds down on race leader Angel Miguel Lopez (Astana) and 29 seconds off Egan Bernal (Team Sky) who was filling the final step on the podium.

Dan Martin has down the years raced himself on the podium on the final stages of some major races. But today his crash meant there would be no repeat of that in Barcelona.

And his stage placing and resultant time loss meant he crashed down the standings from 5th to 23rd overall.

The only silver was that he seems to have avoided serious injury when others who fell with him were not so lucky.

French Tour de France hope Romain Bardet (AG2R-La Mondiale), for example, has suffered suspected broken bones.

 

 

“We raced well throughout the week, today, I felt I had great legs and entering the Montjuic circuit,” Dan Martin said.

“I tried to save as much energy as possible to try to improve my placing overall. Unfortunately, I was involved in the crash.

“A bike hit my leg, I got back up, but I couldn’t pedal for two or three kilometres, so my race was virtually over.”

His sports director Neil Stephens said it was a very disappointing end for Dan Martin, who has shown some solid form so far this season.

“It’s really a shame: this morning we started with Daniel in fifth position and with the desire to fight for more,” he said.

“We had a lot of bad luck, after the crash, we tried to gain ground back, but nothing was possible.”

 

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