Martin soars to second on stage and overall in Catalonia

Daniel Martin

Dan Martin turned in one of his strongest ever rides in the mountains so far to come within a whisker of both the stage win and the overall in the Tour of Catalonia.

On the hardest stage of the race, Martin attacked from the main group of favourites with around six kilometres to go to the summit finish at Pal ski station. Ahead of him was just one rider from a day-long break, Julian Sanchez, a little-known pro from the Contentpolis-Ampo team, with around a minute?s gap.

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