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Martin solos to Tre Vailli Varesine win

Posted 17 August 2010

Dan Martin has picked up where he left off at the Tour of Poland just over a week ago by soloing to another spectacular victory at the Tre Vailli Varesine in Varsese, Italy.

The 23 year old Garmin Tranisitions rider’s winning streak continued after an exceptionally well timed move on the last of seven laps of the 9.6 kilometre finishing circuit.

Martin was part of select fifteen man group who broke clear on the circuit having overcome a difficult start to the 198 kilometre race.

“I didn’t feel good all day. My legs were stiff from not doing so much after winning in Poland. I needed to recover, relax and celebrate and my legs just stiffened up,” he told Irish Pro Cycling.

“With 30 kilometres to go they came round and the timing could not have been any better. Winning was never in my mind. This is a big race in Italy and to come away from it with a win is incredible really.”

“A lot of big name Italian riders were there today and all the pressure was on them, so I tried to use them at the finish. I just followed wheels and relaxed and let them work harder.

“I was in the select group of twelve to fifteen riders who were away with one lap to go. They were constantly attacking each other and it all came down to the two kilometres to go and the final climb to the finish.

“Cunego (Lampre-Farnese Vini) attacked hard going into the climb which was really steep at the bottom before it eased off. Nibali (Liquigas) countered and I got on his wheel and he brought me back up to Cunego and the four others who had about ten to fifteen metres.

“Pozzovivo was on my wheel and when he attacked I knew that he was a strong rider so I followed him.  I could tell by the way that he was riding that no one was following us. He was looking around but I didn’t need to to know that we had gone clear.

“He pulled up and I came through and pulled for 400 metres.  When I tried to get him to ride again he did not want to. I got the feeling that he was stuffed so I accelerated. I cracked him with 700 metres to go and it was a great result for team as much as for me,” he said.

Martin believes that his breakthrough in winning the Tour of Poland had a big part to play in his success.

“It just shows that what that little bit of confidence can do for you. I wasn’t feeling so good at the start but then you come through mentally and the legs do what you need them to do.

“I enjoyed this win more than winning the stage in Poland, even though they were similar. I didn’t enjoy the stage win in Poland because all the pressure was there. It was like the job was not yet done but to get a one day win like this is massive. I’m delighted,” he said.

Martin joins a distinguished list of former winners including Fausto Coppi, Eddy Merckx and Gianni Bugno apart from becoming the first Irishman to win the event.

The race is the most prestigious of the Trittico Lombardo which is made up of three back to back races with the other two being the Coppa Ugo Agostoni and the Coppa Bernocchi.

Martin will ride the next two races but explained that the Coppa Bernocchi will be more of a target for teammate Tyler Farrar, who is has also returned to form with last weekend’s win at the Vattenfall Cyclassics, while he looks ahead to Sunday’s GP de Poulay.

“Poulay is a very difficult race. It has a high calibre field and the tactics are never straight-forward. The legs are good though so I’m looking forward to it but I will be going into it as a marked man and I’ve not been in that position before. More and more people know who I’m now and that creates new challenges,” he said.

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