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by Shane Stokes
March 3, 2018
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Third overall last year, Dan Martin will line out in Paris-Nice as one of the riders who could take the overall title when the race concludes on Sunday week. The Irishman said on Friday that he felt he was in a good place heading into the event, and indicated he was optimistic.
“I’m feeling good heading to Paris-Nice,” he said. “In Algarve I had good days and bad days but was the perfect way to get the legs and body going, but also to start working with my new team mates, both riders and staff.
“Paris-Nice is one of the hardest races on the calendar because there is no easy day. The race can be lost every day as we saw last year. On paper the first stages seem easier but then there is the possibility of bad weather and crosswinds. Of course the TT and mountain top finish on stage seven will see the biggest time gaps and the race will be won there. But what makes Paris-Nice hard is the concentration and endurance to not lose the race on the other stages, but also save enough energy to be good when it counts.”
Martin noted that his third overall was the first big result in the race. Equalling or improving on that is a priority. “I’m definitely back this year to contest the GC but of course I need to survive the first days. Then we will see the situation after the TT.”
He will be joined on the UAE Team Emirates squad by former world champion Rui Costa, European champ Alexander Kristoff, Sven Erik Bystrøm, Oliviero Troia, Rory Sutherland and Ben Swift.