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Dan Martin ready for UAE debut at Volta ao Algarve

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Dan Martin at training camp in his new UAE kit

Dan Martin at training camp in his new UAE kit (Image credit: Courtesy of Polartec-Kometa)
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Fabio Aru, Alexander Kristoff and Dan Martin are all new signings for UAE Team Emirates

Fabio Aru, Alexander Kristoff and Dan Martin are all new signings for UAE Team Emirates (Image credit: UAE Team Emirates)
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As a former winner, Dan Martin was a pre-race favourite

As a former winner, Dan Martin was a pre-race favourite (Image credit: ASO)
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Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa, Dan Martin, Alexander Kristoff, Fabio Aru and Diego Ulissi

Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa, Dan Martin, Alexander Kristoff, Fabio Aru and Diego Ulissi (Image credit: Courtesy of Polartec-Kometa)
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Dan Martin moved from Quick-Step to UAE Emirates for 2018

Dan Martin moved from Quick-Step to UAE Emirates for 2018 (Image credit: Courtesy of Polartec-Kometa)

After his long run with Slipstream's Garmin and Cannondale teams, Dan Martin has taken a decidedly different career path, switching teams twice in three years after a two-year run with Quick-Step and now a two-year deal with UAE Team Emirates.

The 31-year-old Irishman will debut with his new team this week at the Volta ao Algarve where he'll line up for the five-day 2.HC Portuguese race alongside Valerio Conti, Vegard Stake Laengen, Jan Polanc, Edward Ravasi, Rory Sutherland and Ben Swift

"Going in Volta ao Algarve I have a mixture of nerves and excitement," Martin said in a statement released by the team.

"There is always anxiety to get back to racing and find out where the fitness levels are, but I feel good and have trained well in the winter months, but racing is, of course, always different."

Martin raced more than 11,000km in 68 races days in 2017, scoring his last win during stage 2 of 2017 Volta ao Algarve ahead of LottoNL-Jumbo's Primoz Roglic. It was good preparation for the Classics, where he finished second in both Liège-Bastogne-Liège and La Flèche Wallone. He's starting his season a little later this year, skipping the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana in favour of an Algarve debut with his new team.

UAE Team Emirates for Volta ao Algarve: Valerio Conti, Vegard Stake Laengen, Daniel Martin, Jan Polanc, Edward Ravasi, Rory Sutherland, Ben Swift

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