Dan Martin Diary - Day 4: Disappointed at first we didn’t win time trial but happy with our consistency
With five of our Garmin-Sharp nine climbers, we did well to get so close
Daniel Martin’s Garmin-Sharp team inon yesterday’s stage of the Tour de France, a 25km team time trial in Nice. The team finished sixth but, overall, Martin was ipleased with the team’s coinsistency. Photograph: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images.
Nice team time trial (25 km)
Sixth in the team time trial, 17 seconds behind the winning team; our initial reaction to yesterday’s team time trial was one of disappointment, as we went into it thinking we could win. Also, because it is normally a speciality of our Garmin-Sharp team.
But thinking about it, overall I feel we did a really consistent ride. Maybe we made a few errors in the fact that some of the guys were taking pulls that were maybe a bit too long going into the headwind, therefore perhaps losing a bit of speed that way. However, otherwise it was almost a perfect ride, technically.
That sounds peculiar as we didn’t win, but we just didn’t have the speed or the team to be able to challenge for the victory.
In hindsight, looking at it, we have to recognise that of the nine riders on the team, five are climbers. To be able to get as close as we did to the top teams in the results is a good ride, so in terms of that overall picture, I think it was a good day.
The best team was Orica GreenEdge, who won Sunday’s stage with Simon Gerrans and then put him into the yellow jersey when they won again in the team time trial.
Congratulations to them, because winning two days in a row is incredible. They rode really fast.
That said, they basically have a specialist team for this event, they don’t have a single climber in the team. So when the road goes uphill, we will definitely be more prominent than them in the front.
David Millar, one of our riders, had started the stage seventh overall. He was just one second behind the race leader Jan Bakelants of the RadioShack Leopard team, and would have moved into the yellow jersey if we had won.
It would have been fantastic to do that, and obviously we are gutted about missing it.
You are always going to feel that way if you wanted to win and to take the yellow jersey. But in the end, after it is all finished, I think we can be content.
We all did our best, so it is hard to be disappointed. It is not like anything went wrong.
As far as my own performance went, I was quite happy with how I was going. I felt good on the bike, it felt smooth sitting on the wheels of my team-mates.
Obviously my contribution was not as high as some others – the course didn’t really suit me as it was so flat. As a result I couldn’t make the contribution I wanted to, physically, but overall, I was happy with the sensations I had. It is also another day down, another day closer to the mountains.