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
My cousin Nicolas Roche was best placed of his team starting the race and so could have taken the yellow jersey if Team Saxo Tinkoff won. In the end they were fourth.
I didn’t get to speak to him at all – it was crazy at the start and finish, very busy. You don’t see anybody else apart from your own team.
I was also very focused before the start. We were all there, all in our own little zone, focusing on the drive to get the job done.
Great team spirit
We don’t really have nervousness about the physical effort that is coming. It is more being worried about letting each other down, about having a mechanical problem, or about making a mistake in the corner and crashing everybody. Garmin-Sharp have a great team spirit and we all really want to do the best for our team-mates.
Next up is a 228.5km stage from Cagnes-sur-mer to Marseille. I know the last 50 or 60kms perfectly as they were my training roads when I lived in Marseilles. So I have got a bit of an insight into the course. I will be definitely be giving feedback to my team-mates, and hopefully that will give us an advantage.
There are a few small climbs and what happens on them depend on how the race is ridden.
I know the last climb, the Col de la Gineste. There is normally a crosswind there, so position is going to be important. The thing is, from 50kms to go until the finish, you are not going to have much time to move up, so it’s important to be in the right place before then.
Fight for position
There will be a real fight for position and I hope it will be a safe race. Those climbs are harder than they look on the map and I am not sure the sprinters are going to get to the finish; it depends if anybody wants to make the race really hard, and also depends if it is as hot as the last few days have been. If so, it could be a real battle of endurance.
Away from the race, we have had a really beautiful hotel since coming over from Corsica. We are up in the mountains in the middle of nowhere.
When we were driving here the first night, we were thinking ‘where are we going?’ It is a big complex, with tennis courts, basketball courts and other stuff.
Anyway, the restaurant is about 10 minutes walk away. Because of that they give us little golf buggies to cruise around in. However, the hotel is not letting us drive them ourselves. Upon reflection, that is probably a good thing.