Dan Martin: I’m in good condition and getting better for Tour de France

Posted on: June 17th, 2019
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Dan Martin took 8th place overall; not as good as recent years but a very solid result in the context of what has been a quiet season for him so far

Dan Martin has expressed his satisfaction with his form coming out of Criterium du Dauphine, saying he was building well towards the Tour de France.

On the final stage yesterday a breakaway got clear and the Astana team of Jakob Fuglsang controlled the favourites’ group to defend the yellow jersey.

That meant all the action was in the breakaway as back the road a tough but very controlled stage unfolded, giving Dan Martin little chance to attack.

“It was a good return to the races after a long training period; 8th place is a positive result,” he said of nudging up two places overall on the final stage.

“Although I would have preferred to have been a bit more aggressive in the two final stages… chances to attack were few and far between.

“I’m coming out of the Dauphiné with good condition, and it’s still getting better. Now I’ll recover a bit and then build up again the Tour de France.”

The Irish rider added Saturday’s stage 7 was the “real tester” of the eight-stage event; one where he rode strongly in the finale to finish 5th on the summit finish.

“The weather conditions were difficult with the temperature dropping so much in the last 5 kilometers, it was really cold out there,” he said of the long climb to the finish line.

“I tried to make the best of it; in the end the race was very tactical, with everyone looking at each other. Fifth is pretty decent and tells me that the condition is there.”

Yesterday Dylan van Baarle (Team Ineos) and Jack Haig (Mitchelton-Scott) pulled clear of the day’s breakaway to fight for the stage victory; van Baarle with that battle.

Dan Martin was among a dozen riders in the Astana-marshaled favourites’ group at 1:59 sprinting for 8th place behind seven survivors from the breakaway.

The Irish rider finished 17th on stage, though went from 10th to 8th overall after two riders who had been ahead of him yesterday morning fell away.

Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) and Steven Kruijswijk (Jumbo-Visma) both abandoned during the final stage.

It sounds strange to say, considering his palmares long before the past week, but Wout van Aert was perhaps the revelation of the race; winning the TT stage and the bunch sprint the following day for a second stage win
Fuglsang; rarely the favourite to win a stage race yet a rider who comes off best against supposedly bigger names very frequently. He had a strong Astana team to help him defend yellow on yesterday’s final stage, though never looked threatened
Van Baarle takes a rare win in a road race; a second stage victory for Team Ineos after its leader Chris Froome crashed out before the stage 4 TT

Criterium du Dauphiné stage 8 highlights