Wednesday 21 August 2019

Battling Martin goes fourth in Basque

The German’s dominant performance on the uphill finish saw him take the overall race lead from team-mate Max Schachmann. Stock photo
The German’s dominant performance on the uphill finish saw him take the overall race lead from team-mate Max Schachmann. Stock photo

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cycling: Daniel Martin moved up one place to fourth overall at the Tour of the Basque Country after finishing sixth on yesterday's fifth stage, which was won by Bora-Hansgrohe's Emanuel Buchmann.

The German's dominant performance on the uphill finish saw him take the overall race lead from team-mate Max Schachmann.

Martin slipping behind three GC contenders Ion Izaguirr, Adam Yates and Jakob Fuglsang in the finale but found UAE team-mate Tadej Pogacar a useful ally. The Irishman is 1'32" behind Buchmann ahead of today's final stage, a 118km run into Eibar.

Meanwhile, Nicolas Roche confirmed there was no long-term damage after he crashed out of the race on Thursday and he expects to be fit for next Sunday's Amstel Gold Race.

Elsewhere, Cycling Ireland have appointment Matt McKerrow as their new CEO. The Australian-born McKerrow was previously the CEO of Triathlon Ireland and more recently worked in High Performance with Sport New Zealand.

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