Dan Martin

posted 6 May 2014, 14:04 by Kevin Monaghan   [ updated 6 May 2014, 14:17 ]
Age: 27
Team: Garmin Sharp
Speciality: Climber / Explosive finisher   

Dan Martin
Daniel Martin’s career has been fun to follow. An exciting and explosive climber with superb tactical nous, he is a dangerous rider on any hilly or mountainous parcours. Martin started out as a promising climber who became a short stage race winner, then a Grand Tour stage winner, and last year a Monument champion; now at the age of 27, is Martin ready to be a Grand Tour contender? The son of English professional cyclist Neil Martin, and nephew on his mother’s side, of Irish cycling legend Stephen Roche, Dan Martin clearly comes from strong cycling stock.

Martin famously rebels from the idea of riding to his power meter (though he does have one), preferring instead to ride on feel, a throwback to the way cycling was that makes Martin a less predictable rider.  Martin famously rebels from the idea of riding to his power meter (though he does have one), preferring instead to ride on feel, a throwback to the way cycling was that makes Martin a less predictable rider.

Martin’s career took another large step forward in 2013. It began with a superb win in the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya, a one-week World Tour stage race that Martin enjoys, Martin also claimed his first Tour de France stage victory after a fine team performance on stage nine. 

This season has started slowly for Martin.  However, his 2nd place finish in Fleche-Wallonne on Wednesday, followed by a very strong showing in Liege-Bastogne-Liege, shows that he is hitting strong form ahead of the Giro d’Italia, which is his major objective. Martin was hugely unlucky to crash in the final metres of Liege-Bastogne-Liege, but thankfully he didn’t appear to be injured after the race.

In the past Martin has been plagued by allergies at this time of year, but he credits a change in his medication for allowing him to perform superbly last April, and should hopefully avoid any allergy issues during the Giro.  Martin is a legitimate GC contender. It also gives Martin a chance to win his first stage at the Giro and join the exclusive club of riders to have won in every Grand Tour.

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