Dan Martin’s Tour Diary, Day 13: Wrong for teams to profit from rivals’ misfortune
A day like this in the wind shows that anything can happen
On the one hand you can say that they gained over a minute.
On the other, they dug deep to get that, and it is an effort that I didn’t have to make. I didn’t lose much time to them, and hopefully that will pay off on Sunday’s mountain stage to the top of Mont Ventoux.
The Tour de France is a real balancing act. You use energy only when you need to, as wasting it can mount up and cause problems.
But equally, you don’t want to focus on saving energy and lose time while doing so.
The trick is knowing when to use it. You can’t be afraid to dig in and make efforts, especially if that means you gain a bit of time.
After all, you never know where you will get the chance again.
But it is important to choose the moments wisely, always keeping that balancing act in mind.
Overall, I think I am in a good position after what happened on the stage. I went from 13th to 11th overall, and remain the same amount of time behind Chris Froome that I was beforehand, five minutes and 52 seconds back.
That said, Mollema and Contador gained some time so I am a bit further off the podium than before.
However that time can be made up in the final week of the race – it is going to be really epic, and could cause a lot of changes.
Apart from those two riders, another who was very happy with yesterday was Mark Cavendish. He was beaten the day before by Marcel Kittel and was very, very determined to take the stage win.
His team worked so hard all day that he really had to grab the victory; it was an incredible team effort and they blew the race to pieces. He really merited that win.
It has been great to see the really even sprinting fights this year. Andre Greipel and Kittel are now equal in speed to Cavendish. There are going to be some great battles between them this year and beyond.
Next up is a lumpy stage to Lyon. I think it could be a really hard day, with plenty of riders trying to get into the break.
This is going to ensure plenty of attacks and the pace will be high.
After that, on Sunday, we hit the Ventoux and it will be a really important day for me.