"That's why I tried to go in the break today, I was thinking about the stage win," Martin said as he was warming down after stage 16. "I'm not even thinking about the top 10. It's almost an inconvenience that I'm there on top 10, but I'm not going to lose time on purpose."
The Garmin rider already has one victory to his name, after defeating Jakob Fuglsang in the final sprint to the line. Martin lost some time today when the split was made on the final climb. He sits just on the edge of the top 10, with Michal Kwiatkowski only nine seconds back.
If he is to finish in the top 10, he will be the first Irishman to do so since Stephen Roche's ninth place in 1992.