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Dan Martin discussion thread

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happytramp said:
So out of action for three weeks... that'd mean he'd be back in action, so to speak, the day before the Vuelta... interesting.
Either this, or Canadian Classics, Worlds and try for Lombardia again.

He's had a long season already (podium at ParisNice) so you wouldn't be surprised if he decided to take a break til next year.

He has sounded like he enjoys riding with QS, and as much as he was short on support at crucial times in the Tour, you'd have to say he's riding better than ever, so the team must be doing something right.
 
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The_Beach said:

Thanks for the share, I've loved reading this. I hope I won't regret my words one day, but that guy seems to be such a nice person: humble, talented, smart (and hopefully clean - debate in the clinic forum). It matches his behavior on TV at least. He looks like a very simple person who has great performances but also bad days. Definitely not an alien result-wise to me.
 
Is it something in the energy bars at Emirates? None of them seem to be getting results this year.

There seemed to be an element of “he doth protest too much” in his pre-Amstel interview, saying the new course should suit him better etc. We’ll know Wednesday evening if he’s right for Sunday.
 
He got sick at Paris Nice, consequently his form wasn’t as good as usual at Catalonia. That’s a lot of the race days where he’d usually be expected to feature wiped out with one bug. In theory, he should be ready to go as usual for FW o and LBL, but in the absence of results it’s impossibke to know until Huy.
 
He wouldn’t normally do P-N, and his best result in Tirreno is 20th, so I don’t think losing that week is a big factor. Being off the pace at Catalunya is the major concern.

It’s possible that his prep is Tour focused, but we would normally have seen a couple of blistering uphill sprints by now, at least one to win a stage of a minor race.
 
Going well in Romandie. Maybe he wasn’t blowing smoke about his form. I can’t remember him ever getting a top 10 in a TT before, even if it was uphill.

He’s a long way off the podium (can’t see him closing 1:10 on Porte in 3rd) but with himself and Costa nothin the top 10, the team’s in a strong position.
 
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Leinster said:
Going well in Romandie. Maybe he wasn’t blowing smoke about his form. I can’t remember him ever getting a top 10 in a TT before, even if it was uphill.

He’s a long way off the podium (can’t see him closing 1:10 on Porte in 3rd) but with himself and Costa nothin the top 10, the team’s in a strong position.

Well, we can be pretty sure he'll attack at some point.... whether it'll stick or not, who knows.
 
2.5 minutes lost in the Dauphine TTT today, with a similar length one due up in the Tour. Have UAE sent anyone in particular to Suisse that could turn that around? Kristoff? Swift? It really looks like an uphill battle even if Martin was in good form which, all indications are, he isn’t.