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by Shane Stokes
June 6, 2017
In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Démare sprints to victory on stage two of the Critérium du Dauphiné; Stephens soloes to Dirty Kanza victory, Tetrick wins women’s race in record time; Recovering Kristoff accepts second place; Martin: “I feel good”; Cavendish to return to racing at the Tour of Slovenia; Frustrated Viviani could leave Team Sky over racing programme; Bahamontes’ unusual pathway to pro cycling; Self-driving cars have ‘frightening’ inability to spot cyclists; Video: Critérium du Dauphiné 2017 Stage 1 – Onboard GoPro Highlights; Video: Junior Womens Track Cycling
Third overall in last year’s Critérium du Dauphiné, Dan Martin is aiming for another big result to boost his confidence before the Tour de France. The QuickStep Floors rider finished in the main bunch at the end of stage two and reported himself as pleased with how things played out.
“It was pretty hectic out there once the chase was on,” he said. “But I had the guys around me, who did a great job protecting me and making sure I was always in the upper part of the peloton in case something happened. I feel good and I hope I will carry this form into the mountains, at the end of the week.”
However Martin’s team lost Martin Velits due to illness, something which may complicate things if he is in a position to challenge for the overall.
Martin finished ninth overall in last year’s Tour and believes it is possible to improve on that. His results this year include third overall in Paris-Nice, sixth in the Volta a Catalunya and second in both Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège.