Volta ao Algarve: GC 'going to be tricky' for Dan Martin

ALTO DA FIA MONCHIQUE PORTUGAL FEBRUARY 20 Arrival Dan Martin of Ireland and Team Israel StartUp Nation Rui Costa of Portugal and UAETeam Emirates Tim Wellens of Belgium and Team Lotto Soudal during the 46th Volta ao Algarve 2020 Stage 2 a 1839 km stage from Sagres Vila do Bispo to Alto da Fia 884m Monchique VAlgarve2020 on February 20 2020 in Alto da Fia Monchique Portugal Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
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Dan Martin is quickly adjusting to life at Israel Start-Up Nation, taking third place at the Volta ao Algarve's summit finish on the Alto da Fóia on Thursday. The Irishman now lies fourth overall after two days of racing, the same placing he took at the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana at the start of the month.

Martin has previous experience with the climb, winning on the Alto da Fóia ahead of eventual race winner Primož Roglič three years ago and finishing fourth on the same stage in 2018. Despite this and his clearly good form to start the season, he wasn't sure about an GC push this week, with Coronavirus quarantines in Asia partly to blame.

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