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"I'm not in the running for the yellow jersey after the time trial so I can purely go for the stage now. The Mur will sort the rest out," 

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DANIEL MARTIN

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05.07.2015 @ 14:31 Posted by Joseph Doherty

After not pushing too hard in the Tour de France opening TT yesterday, Dan Martin of Cannondale-Garmin is looking ahead to stage three’s finish atop the Mur de Huy.

 

 "I went into Fleche as a favourite but crashed out. I'm not in the running for the yellow jersey after the time trial so I can purely go for the stage now. The Mur will sort the rest out," Martin told Cyclingnews.

 

"It's the old cliché but you really have to take it day-by-day. I can't start thinking about Monday because I could end up in a ditch first. We have the best team possible for the flat stages in order to protect us. This group has been together since the Dauphiné and every day we're gelling more and more. I'm confident that they'll get us to mountains in one piece and still in contention. That's when the GC race starts proper."

 

With three different leaders in Martin, Andrew Talansky and Ryder Hesjedal, Martin says the team has been able to spread the pressure to achieve success between them rather than putting it all on one rider.

 

"We've spread the pressure and we could have three of us riding at the front in the mountains. It also keeps other team's guessing. We don't know who is strongest so other teams don't stand a chance. I count Ryder and Andrew as friends and that helps take out any issues and we all want to do the best we can for the team."

 

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