Daniel Martin

Dan Martin, riding for top French club VC La Pomme Marseille, boosted his climbing credentials by winning the king of the mountains and finishing fourth in the under-23 Ronde Isard, a race that uses many of the Pyrenean climbs of the Tour de France.

Martin (21), from Lichfield, but who rides under an Irish racing licence, was second to overall winner American John Devine on the decisive second stage to Guzet Niege. ?I was behind a breakaway group at the start of the climb when I attacked and caught all but one of the break. I won the sprint for second in torrential rain and thunder and lightening. ? Martin told cyclingweekly.co.uk

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