Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

July 8, 2016

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Twenty-nine at the line! Cavendish surpasses Hinault, slots into second in all-time Tour stage wins; Giro Rosa Round-up: Stevens wins atop Madonna della Guardia, Guarnier is back in pink; Sterbini soloes to Austria stage victory; Von Hoff sprints to stage win in Sibiu Cycling Tour; Tour leader Van Avermaet on taking yellow: ‘I think it’s once in a lifetime for me’; Holm: ‘If Dan Martin doesn’t finish top ten I’ll cut off his ears’; How Greg Henderson went beyond the call of duty to make Tour de France team; Rights groups urge sponsors not to back Bahrain WorldTour team; Report: Contador to Trek-Segafredo in 2017; 19-year-old suspended for EPO use; British Cycling and Cycling UK call for more land access for bikes; Cyclocosm’s How the Week Was Won: 2016 Tour de France, Stages 1-5; Mara Abbott on the Giro Rosa; Tour de France, stage 5 on-board highlights; Tour de France rider quiz: Who’s the grumpiest rider?; Life on the Tour: CyclingTips 2016 Tour de France Vlog, part 1; Alaphilippe pulls one of the oldest tricks in the book

Holm: ‘If Dan Martin doesn’t finish top ten I’ll cut off his ears’

by VeloClub

Etixx-QuickStep directeur sportif Brian Holm has commented on the GC chances of team climber Dan Martin, making it clear that he wants a big general classification performance in the Tour de France.

Martin was one of the strongest of the GC riders on Wednesday’s fifth stage, accelerating at the end and chasing Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha), who was the first to surge. While he didn’t get up to Rodriguez, who clocked up fourth on the stage behind the three riders who had been in the break, Martin took fifth.

It was a continuation of the strong finishing kicks he had show in the Critérium du Dauphiné.

“For sure I put a lot of pressure on Dan,” Holm told CyclingTips. “If he is not going to finish top ten I will cut off his ears. I promise. He is going to be top ten, or I will be very angry.”

Holm was smiling when he said the comment, but the subtext was clear: after three participations, including a stage win in 2013 but a best overall finish of 33rd, it is time for the Irishman to step up a level in the Tour. Third overall in the Dauphinê, Martin took fourth place on stage two of the Tour and is now 10th overall behind the new race leader Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing Team).

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