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by Shane Stokes
October 7, 2017
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Dan Martin had a relatively modest placing of 11th in Thursday’s Milano-Turino, blaming a ‘nightmare 13 hour travel day’ on Wednesday, but the 2014 Il Lombardia winner and his team suggest that he is exactly where he needs to be heading into Saturday’s final Classic of the season.
According to QuickStep Floors, Martin ‘impressed with his huge power output,’ hitting a one-minute peak power of 555 Watts. It said that this was a good omen ahead of the Il Lombardia.
“I think my condition is a lot better than I expected. You could see that on Thursday,” said Martin. “I tried to stay focused since the Tour, although I have had a long time off because of my back. I feel good and I ride without big pressure.
“I have had a fantastic season, but I am motivated to finish on a high note with the team because it has been two fantastic years for me here. I really loved my time here and it has been fun riding with these great guys. It has really motivated me the last three to four weeks to come to Il Lombardia in good shape to end my time at Quick-Step Floors in a good way.”
Martin will head to UAE Emirates but QuickStep Floors can be happy with what he achieved in 2017. He was third overall in Paris-Nice and the Critérium du Dauphiné, second in Liège-Bastogne-Liège and Flèche Wallonne and sixth in the Tour de France despite fracturing a bone in his spine.
“Muro di Sormano is the hardest part of the race, really a brutal, brutal climb peaking with about 50 kilometers to go,” he said of Il Lombardia. “It will be very important to survive this climb to make a good result in the final, which I am hoping for and believing I can do.”