Dan Martin - keeping it in perspective
Team Garmin-Sharp's Daniel Martin is a man of many talents.
as a stage race rider, one-day races are near and dear to his heart.
“Flèche Wallonne, Liège-Bastogne-Liège and Lombardia are my favorite races of the year for sure,” said Martin. “You leave everything on the road. It’s a win or lose mentality. Stage racing is a bit more calculated – you reserve a little bit for the next day. But one-day racing is taking risks – win or lose. There’s no second chances. I love that one-day mentality – getting on the bike 100-percent relaxed and finishing in pieces. I love that part and the drama.
When given a “Sophie’s Choice” of what he likes better – the stage races or one-day classics, Martin is unable to pull the trigger on either one.
“They are both parts of racing I like a lot and I wouldn’t be able to choose.”
“I don’t know yet if I’m going to be a fantastic grand tour rider or not, but it will be a lot of fun finding out.”
At the end of the day Martin keeps his professional career in perspective.
“Cycling is all about riding to the coffee shop with a bunch of mates and hanging out a bit and riding easy home. That’s cycling to me and hopefully that’s what I’ll be doing my whole life.”
For our US-based readers we have video highlights from Martin's Volta Ciclista a Catalunya victory in our videos section (USA-only).