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by Neal Rogers
July 6, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Aru claims Stage 5 victory at Tour de France, Froome into yellow; Lotta Lepistö wins hot and hard-fought Stage 6 at Giro Rosa; Viviani takes second sprint win in Austria, Vanmarcke remains in GC lead; Porte on first Tour de France summit: ‘I expected a little more, but there’s a long way to go’; Dan Martin ‘satisfied, very confident’ after moving into fourth on GC at Tour de France; Sagan heads home as UCI jury holds firm on Tour de France expulsion; Riders and managers react to Sagan’s Tour de France expulsion; Guardian: ‘Something mesmeric’ about Dave Brailsford’s ‘total lack of regret’; Route for 20th edition of Santos Tour Down Under announced, with return to Port Adelaide; Video: GoPro’s Tour de France Stage 5 highlights; Video: Puppy on a bike ride thinks it’s pedaling.
On the first summit finish of the Tour de France, Quick-Step Floors rider Dan Martin powered to an impressive second place, jumping 12 positions in the overall standings. Martin accelerated on the 20% ramps leading to the finish, dropping defending champion Chris Froome (Team Sky) and Richie Porte (BMC), and arriving 16 second behind stage winner Fabio Aru (Astana).
It was Ireland’s best result in three decades on a summit finish at the Tour de France, a result which strengthened the 30-year-old Martin’s credentials for a strong overall result by the time the race arrives in Paris. It was Martin’s second podium in the space of three days, after Longwy, which catapulted him to fourth place in the general classification, 25 seconds behind Froome.
“Tough day out there, I felt the heat on the final climb and at times you had the impression you were glued to the road,” Martin said. “Fabio was strong, so congrats to him, but despite coming second, I am satisfied. I’m very confident, as I really enjoy racing here and don’t feel any pressure whatsoever. The team is on a roll, we are the best squad in the world, which you can see by taking a look over the victories and list of results since the start of the season. Of course, it’s still early and a lot can happen in the Tour, but so far I’m happy of how things went.”