Guillaume Martin: When you have given everything, you can’t be disappointed

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Guillaume Martin of Cofidis could not stay in the yellow jersey group on stage 15 (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

A man can run up a debt at the Tour de France, but sooner rather than later, the race demands that he settles his account. On Saturday, Guillaume Martin (Cofidis) showed enterprise to get in the day’s break and move up seven places to second place overall. Just 24 hours later, the Frenchman was distanced from the yellow jersey group on the descent of the Port d’Envalira and he dropped right back down to ninth on general classification.

“I was expecting that,” Martin said when he reached the mixed zone past the finish line. “I was expecting to suffer after the effort I made yesterday. It was very hard. Fortunately there was a headwind [on the Envalira], which helped to ease the pace for a little bit, but in the end I was on the limit.”

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Barry Ryan
Head of Features

Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation, published by Gill Books.