Ireland’s Dan Martin will return to racing when he leads the UAE Team Emirates at the Criterium du Dauphine which begins on Sunday. Martin has been struck down by illness and failed to finish both the Fleche Wallonne and Liege-Bastogne-Liege back in April, but is now back in good health and is ready to fire.
The Dauphine, which runs from June 9-16, is considered a dress rehearsal for the Tour de France, and Martin is looking forward to getting back in the saddle. “Dauphiné is a race I always enjoy,” Martin said in a team press release. “Racing on the French roads against a high-level competition is the perfect preparation for the Tour de France.
“Training has gone well, and I feel good although I’m not sure on my expectations having not races since Liege-Bastogne-Liege, so it is always an unknown how the first race back will go. “The aim is to get a good week’s racing in the legs and to continue building towards July.
I’ve performed well in the last few years at the race, so I am just aiming to enjoy the race and hope the legs are there to be aggressive at some point in the week.” Martin has performed well in the past when finishing second to Chris Froome in 2016 and then third in 2017, and will be hoping for another good showing over the next week.