Friday 18 January 2019

Martin feeling flat after puncture

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A late puncture in Liege-Bastogne-Liege left Dan Martin ruing his luck in a season that has failed to fire so far.

The Irish UAE Team Emirates rider, who won La Doyenne in 2013, had been riding well at the business end of the race when disaster struck just 8km from the finish.

"You couldn't make it up," Martin told Cyclingnews. "In fact, the way this year's gone in general you couldn't make it up."

Luxembourg's Bob Jungels capped a remarkable spring for Quickstep by soloing to victory ahead of Canadian Michael Woods and France's Romain Bardet. Martin was at least pleased with his improved form after a disappointing performance at Fleche-Wallonne on Wednesday.

"In some ways I'm happy because I was riding well again and the team did an incredible job, we're one of the best teams in the world and today we rode like it," added Martin, who finished in 18th place.

"Even though we don't have the best results yet this year, the team fully believe in me, and that gave me a little bit extra when I needed it at the finale. I was feeling really good, but then we know what happened."

Aqua Blue Sports' Eddie Dunbar finished 106th in Belgium, but his team-mates had something to celebrate in the Tour of Croatia, where their Dutch rider Peter Konig won the King of the Mountains and British rider Dan Pearson finished sixth overall after six days of racing.

Irish Independent

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