Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

June 28, 2016

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Hidden motors: 3-4000 UCI tests at Tour, but French announce own plans; MPCC stands with fight against technological fraud; Dan Martin: Ready to take on the big guns in the Tour de France; King may appeal Olympics snub; Orica-GreenEdge for the Tour de France; Trek-Segafredo Tour de France team; Cannondale Pro Cycling Tour de France roster; Former British Olympian dies in cycling crash; Seven WorldTour teams for Revolution Series; Study finds Tour de Yorkshire boosted economy by £60m; Crash determines Canadian men’s road championship; Focus on Marianne Vos

Dan Martin: Ready to take on the big guns in the Tour de France?

by VeloClub

He won a mountain stage in the Vuelta at 25, took one in the Tour at 26 and then finished seventh overall in the Spanish Grand Tour the following year. However despite those strong showings, and despite a spate of top ten stage placings, Dan Martin has never delivered on his GC potential in the French race.

That may be about to change.

The Irishman recently took third overall in the Critérium du Dauphiné, beating the likes of Richie Porte (BMC Racing Team) and Alberto Contador (Tinkoff) in the big warm-up event. Both will head towards the Tour as real GC contenders and while one week in June is clearly not the same as three weeks in July, the result was an important one for Martin.

He will start the Tour de France as one of Etixx-QuickStep’s most protected riders, and believes he could be on the verge of his best-ever ride there.

“I think the top ten is very realistic now, looking at how I am climbing,” the 29 year old told CyclingTips. “But that still involves getting to the finish in one piece and healthy. I think as long as I can get through the race well then it is possible. We have a really strong team to be able to do that. The first aim will be a stage victory again as that is what this team is all about.”

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