Dan Martin: My Tour de France has been boring so far but my race starts in the Alps

Dan Martin on stage 7 of the 2021 Tour de France
Dan Martin on stage 7 of the 2021 Tour de France (Image credit: Getty Images)

Dan Martin (Israel Start-Up Nation) typically finds himself competing for top-10 honours in Grand Tours but the Irishman has taken a completely different position in this year’s Tour de France, with his focus entirely driven towards winning stages.

After a week of racing, Martin finds himself well out of contention for GC honours, sitting 60th overall and over 20 minutes off the yellow jersey. After a taxing Giro d’Italia in May – in which he finished 10th and won a stage to Sega di Ala – the 34-year-old has taken a much different approach to the Tour. 

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Daniel Benson

Daniel Benson was the Editor in Chief at Cyclingnews.com between 2008 and 2022. Based in the UK, he joined the Cyclingnews team in 2008 as the site's first UK-based Managing Editor. In that time, he reported on over a dozen editions of the Tour de France, several World Championships, the Tour Down Under, Spring Classics, and the London 2012 Olympic Games. With the help of the excellent editorial team, he ran the coverage on Cyclingnews and has interviewed leading figures in the sport including UCI Presidents and Tour de France winners.