News | Criterium du Dauphiné • June 8, 2018
Criterium du Dauphiné: Daniel Martin wins in Valmorel
After placing second yesterday, the Irishman of UAE Team Emirates wins the fifth stage
Climbs, high level rivals and a difficult course: ingredients that wet the appetite for Daniel Martin.
He conquered the 5th stage of the Criterium du Dauphiné, 130,5 km with the summit finish in Valmorel.
He won by 4″ on Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) and 15″ on Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott).
It marks his first success of 2018 after finishing second in the stage yesterday.
The day was marked with a early escape over the first climb. In the nine men move was Edward Ravasi.
The young Italian climber maintained his position at the head of the race until the final climb, being caught at 6 km to go.
After an attack by Adam Yates, Daniel Martin made his move at 3,5 km remaining.
He now sits 14th overall ar 2’26” from the new leader Thomas.
“Yesterday I attacked but couldn’t win, today it worked. I thought if I attacked, they’d let me go. I’m a little further back in the overall. I took the opportunity, everyone seemed to be in the red after Adam Yates attacked – said Martin (photo Bettini) – This success brings fantastic feelings, after second yesterday and a period of adjustment with the new team, where we all are getting familiar with each other.
The team was perfect, even when the wins don’t arrive, we are always a united group and I received constant support. That makes it all the better to add a victory as payback for everyone’s work.
I’m surprised, my training went perfectly over the past few weeks. I didn’t expect to bo in top form yet, I’d rather be in this position than in difficulty for the Tour de France“.
The 6th stage tomorrow covers 110 km and finishes at 1850 mt at La Rosiere. Two Hors Categorie climbs – Montée de Bisanne, 12,4 km at 8,1% and Col du Pré, 12,6 km at 7,6% – a second category Roselend, 5,7 km at 6,4% and 17,6 km up to the finish line.
Stage 5 results
1 Daniel Martin (UAE Team Emirates) 3h21’19”
2 Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) 4″
3 Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) 15″
General classification after stage 5
1 Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) 17h16’53”
2 Damiano Caruso (BMC) 1’09”
3 Gianni Moscon (Team Sky) s.t.
14 Daniel Martin (UAE Team Emirates) 2’26”