Cycling: Martin keeps his star on rise with Italian job
DANIEL MARTIN (Garmin-Transitions) continued his winning ways by taking a splendid victory at the 1.1-ranked Tre Valli Varesine race in Italy yesterday.
The 23-year-old escaped in a breakaway with Domenico Pozzovivo (Colnago-CSF) on the final climb of the day and showed he is in the form of his life by dropping the Italian a kilometre from the line on the drag up to the finish in Varese.
The podium was completed by Jerome Baugnies (Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator), while former Tour of Italy winner Damiano Cunego (Lampre-Farnese Vini) and Italian champion Giovanni Visconti (ISD-Neri) were among the chasers behind, finishing in fifth and seventh place respectively after the day's 200km journey.
Martin won a stage of the Tour of Poland in similar fashion recently, dropping those closest to him on the steep finishing circuit. He also claimed the yellow jersey as overall winner there and finished third in the general classification at the week-long Brixia Tour last month.
Yesterday's race was marred by a serious crash involving Stefano Garzelli (Acqua & Sapone). The former Giro d'Italia winner was taken to hospital with facial injuries and a suspected fractured wrist.
Meanwhile, Donegal's Philip Deignan (Cervelo Test Team) is hoping to join Nicolas Roche on the Tour of Spain after being shortlisted by his team to ride the three-week marathon, which begins the weekend after next.
While Deignan isn't an automatic selection, he will be optimistic of getting the nod, having claimed a stage win last year.
He also presents the Cervelo Test Team with a fresh pair of legs after missing this year's Giro d'Italia to focus on the Tour de France, only to be forced out of that race by a recurring knee problem.