So how good is this kid? Seems to be getting better and better. One days & week long races. Seems to take bit of time to react to an attack on a hill (2012 notice) but such a talent. Who can I hope to be a negative suck in this regard. Surprise me(a French film director once said-in a different language,obviously). So, danny martin. Nephew of the blood roche. Rides in the same, often haunched position. Pleasure to watch guys; damn the uci points placement system,says he
Well he is progressing well and I think he now has the ability to win any of the Ardennes classics as well as Lombardy.
With Grand Tours he is capable of winning stages just like he did at Covatilla in the Vuelta last year. His chances of a good overall position though would be severely hampered by his weakness in time trialling.
Interestingly Jonathan Vaughters when he was on the forum said that his time trialling has improved significantly and he will surprise people with it this year. We just have to wait and see here in the future.
Grand Tour guy's like Froome, Nibali or Contador might not chase him since they'll take minutes out of him in a TT. Rodriguez etc will though. I don't see him being given much rope in week long races though when even a few seconds could decide the GC.
Yes and no. If Martin is chasing a GT stage at the same time a GC rider is trying to resurrect his race with a stage win then he won't be allowed to attack but if he goes stage hunting early in the second week when the contenders are navel gazing he might be allowed to go.
Week long stage races with mountains and minimal TT and hilly classics - forget about it, Martin won't be allowed to budge, he's a legit big gun now.