Dan Martin chasing Lombardia success in last race with UAE Team Emirates

Dan Martin
Dan Martin recovers from his effort in Gran Piemonte (Image credit: Bettini photo)

Dan Martin slumped over bike beyond the finish line of Gran Piemonte, in pain after going deep trying to chase Egan Bernal, bloodied and bruised after a mid-race crash, and fatigued after riding three hard Italian races in just five days. But he will get up to do it all again at Il Lombardia on Saturday, ending his 2019 season and his time at
UAE Team Emirates before moving to the Israel Cycling Academy team for 2020.

Like Bernal, Martin is one of only a few Tour de France riders still racing hard and still chasing success in the Italian Classics. He would have perhaps preferred a less intense build-up to Il Lombardia but as ever, he is not one to complain.

"I've never raced this hard so close to Il Lombardia before," he said. "I've done three other races this week and they've all been tough. But we'll see what we can do. Il Lombardia is my last race for UAE Team Emirates, and I want to go out on a high and honour this jersey."

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Stephen Farrand
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