uses cookies for statistics and targeting ads. This information is shared with third parties.

Every day we bring you more pro-cycling news

“It was just an epic stage. It was great to be a part of. I wish people could see what we went through.”

Photo: Sirotti






13.06.2015 @ 02:44 Posted by Emil Axelgaard

Dan Martin climbed to sixth place on Friday in a wet and wild stage six of the Critérium du Dauphiné, 1:46 behind stage winner Rui Costa (Lampre Merida). Andrew Talansky finished in the yellow jersey group in 14th place at 2:31. The Cannondale-Garmin duo head into the weekend inside the top ten overall with Martin currently placed ninth and Talansky in tenth. It was an incredible fight to the finish in Villard de Lans with a combative race from kilometer zero.


“It was just an epic stage,” said Martin. “It was great to be a part of. I wish people could see what we went through.”


An early breakaway failed to materialize despite the repeated attacks that began from the gun. The peloton covered 46 kilometers in the opening hour of racing as teams sent rider-after-rider up the road. Nearly two hours into the stage, a group of five riders were able to establish and advantage. Costa was joined by Vincezno Nibali (Astana), Alejandro Valverede (Movistar), Tony Gallopin (Lotto Soudal) and Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondale). The present of three general classification threats in the breakaway coupled with a challenging parcours and filthy weather created the perfect scenario for an all-out battle on the roads.


“On paper the profile looked easy but there were these little kickers all the time and with the rain it blew it to pieces,” explained Martin. “Then when we got onto the category climbs Nibali and Froome were attacking everywhere. It quickly became a small group, but Andrew and I were in there. It’s so great to have a teammate in those situations.”


“You have all the best riders in the world riding hard here,” Martin added. “That’s part of why you had guys attacking with 120km still to go.”


Initially Martin and Talansky were part of an elite yellow jersey chase group about two minutes behind the five-rider escape. The group swelled in size ahead of the finish.


“There were only about ten of us heading into the feed but then we were caught by a mini-peloton so it finally calmed down a little,” noted Martin. “Before that it was impossible to even eat something. Then it was all about taking in carbohydrates. I think my Classics background took over, and I was just fighting exhaustion at the end.”


The chase group had been whittled down again by the time the race reached the Gorge de la Bourne, a category three climb leading to Villard-de-Lans. By this point, it had become clear that the breakaway would contest the stage win although the chasers still needed to ride hard to limit losses to Nibali, Valverde and Costa.


Simon Yates (ORICA-GreenEDGE) was the first to attack the chase group, and he immediately got an advantage.


“When Yates went away everyone was looking at each other,” said Martin. “So, I attacked with seven kilometer to go and time-trialed to the finish with two guys on my wheel all the way to the line.”


“It was a good move for the general classification,” Martin added. “We are in a good position heading into the weekend.”


The Dauphiné continues on Saturday with another day with the mountains. The 155 kilometer route includes five category one climbs and one category three climbs, including a summit finish to Saint-Gervais Mont Blanc.



Bycykling 101: Navigering i byens gader og cykelvenlige... 27.11.2023 @ 12:11The Best Danish Cyclist To Bet On At 2022 Tour De France 13.01.2022 @ 15:262022 Upcoming Tournament Overview 03.01.2022 @ 09:45Best Place to Find Stand-Up Paddleboards 16.06.2021 @ 08:16What are Primoz Roglic’s Chances to Win 2021 Tour de Fr... 17.03.2021 @ 08:37Amazing victory by young champion Sarah Gigante 04.02.2021 @ 14:21Three reasons why cycling is one of the best ways to ex... 28.09.2020 @ 12:03Why do businesses use meeting room managers? 14.09.2020 @ 13:42Five things that you can do, if you want to gain more f... 20.08.2020 @ 15:38One for the road 09.06.2020 @ 15:25List of CyclingQuotes previews 07.05.2020 @ 13:20Blue Energy: room for all interests 26.08.2019 @ 12:56Get your daily dose of exercise at home 08.07.2019 @ 10:443 good advice to be able to afford your favorite bike 25.02.2019 @ 12:32Cycle through gorgeous landscapes 22.10.2018 @ 21:41Balance Your Economy and Diet and Start Saving Money 08.10.2018 @ 11:18Stay Safe: 3 Helmets That Can Keep Your Head Protected... 20.07.2018 @ 07:59Planning to bet on Tour De France - Bet types and strat... 24.05.2018 @ 14:18Basics of cycling betting 25.10.2017 @ 13:10Bauer moves to ORICA-SCOTT 28.08.2017 @ 10:45End of the road for CyclingQuotes 08.01.2017 @ 16:00Rui Costa confirms Giro participation 07.01.2017 @ 12:55Van Avermaet: I am not afraid of Sagan 07.01.2017 @ 09:45Unchanged course for E3 Harelbeke 07.01.2017 @ 09:32Jenner takes surprise win at Australian U23 Championships 07.01.2017 @ 08:53No replacement for Meersman at Fortuneo-Vital Concept 06.01.2017 @ 19:14Barguil with two goals in 2017 06.01.2017 @ 19:06More details about French Vuelta start emerges 06.01.2017 @ 14:16Kristoff to start season at Etoile de Besseges 06.01.2017 @ 14:10Ion Izagirre announces schedule for first year at Bahrain 06.01.2017 @ 12:40JLT Condor optimistic for Herald Sun Tour 06.01.2017 @ 09:19Haas leads Dimension Data trio in fight for Australian... 06.01.2017 @ 09:15Sagan spearheads Bora-hansgrohe at Tour Down Under 06.01.2017 @ 09:12Henao and Thomas lead Sky Down Under 06.01.2017 @ 09:09Bauer crowned New Zealand TT champion 06.01.2017 @ 08:33Van der Poel ready to defend Dutch title 05.01.2017 @ 21:00Pantano ambitious for first Tour with Trek 05.01.2017 @ 20:41Landa with new approach to the Giro 05.01.2017 @ 20:36Sunweb Development Team sign Goos and Zepuntke 05.01.2017 @ 20:27Dumoulin confirms Giro participation 05.01.2017 @ 20:19Bauer targets victories in Quick-Step debut 05.01.2017 @ 20:16Gaviria and Boonen lead Quick-Step in San Juan 05.01.2017 @ 20:13Team Sunweb presented in Germany 05.01.2017 @ 20:09ASO take over major German WorldTour race 05.01.2017 @ 11:01Team Sunweb unveil new jersey 05.01.2017 @ 10:54Reactions from the Australian TT Championships 05.01.2017 @ 08:27Dennis defends Australian TT title 05.01.2017 @ 08:21Scotson takes back to back U23 TT titles in Australia 05.01.2017 @ 08:15Utrecht on track to host 2020 Vuelta 04.01.2017 @ 18:28Pre-season setback for Talansky 04.01.2017 @ 17:56Kristoff: It's not impossible for me to win in Rou... 04.01.2017 @ 17:49Boom close to first cyclo-cross win in LottoNL debut 04.01.2017 @ 17:40UAE Abu Dhabi make late signing of Arab rider 04.01.2017 @ 17:36UAE Abu Dhabi unveil new jersey 04.01.2017 @ 17:30BMC unveil race schedule 04.01.2017 @ 17:21

Currently no news in this list

25 years | today
28 years | today
25 years | today
25 years | today
22 years | today