News | Criterium du Dauphiné June 7, 2018

Dan Martin nearly takes a Dauphiné stage win

Daniel Martin flew away in the first summit finish of the Critérium du Dauphiné today at Lans-En-Vercors, but had to settle for second behind Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors).


Coming to the end of the 181-kilometre stage, Martin attacked but Alaphilippe resisted in a select four-man move. UAE Team Emirates’s Irish star held off Geraint Thomas (Sky) for second place.


“I just don’t have that sprint yet, but it’s coming. I’m happy, it was a good day and the team did a good job,” Martin said.


“It’s great in the new team environment. I had good legs in training all year, but it hasn’t come together in races for some reason. It’s good to get that, that’s a relief and it’s a good sign for the next days.


“I feel good, I came into the race without expectations. Just race with a smile on my face, I knew I was in good condition. I’m still waiting for the Tour de France, I’m not in top condition, but this is a good sign for July.”


Martin moved to 20th in the overall classification at 2-40 minutes from new race leader Gianni Moscon (Sky).


The fifth stage tomorrow, the second of four consecutive summit finishes, ends at Valmorel after 130 kilometres. Martin and his rivals will face two climbs of category two in the first 20 kilometres and then the summit finish of 12.7 kilometres at an average of seven per cent.


Stage 4 Results:

1.Alaphilippe Julian (Fra) Quick-Step Floors 4:26:45

2.Martin Daniel (Irl) UAE Team Emirates  s.t.

3.Thomas Geraint (UK) Team Sky s.t.


General Classification after stage 4:

1.Moscon Gianni (Ita) Team Sky 13:55:30

2.Kwiatkowski Michal (Pol) Team Sky +0:06

3.Thomas Geraint (UK) Team Sky +0:06

20.Martin Daniel (Irl) UAE Team Emirates +2:40