Dan Martin content with time loss following improved Tour de France team time trial by UAE

The Irishman says team atmosphere helped improvements in the discipline

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UAE Team Emirates made enough improvement in this year's Tour de France team time trial to keep Dan Martin within touching distance on GC, finishing 1-03 down on stage winners Jumbo-Visma.

More importantly, the Irishman's team finished within a minute on Team Ineos's duel leaders Geraint Thomas and Egan Bernal. Martin now sits at 43 seconds to the pair overall. For comparison, Martin was at 1-35 to Thomas after the Tour's stage three 35.5km team time trial in Cholet last year. He never really recovered from there, falling to 9-05 and eighth place in the final general classification.

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Richard Windsor

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Richard is digital editor of Cycling Weekly. Joining the team in 2013, Richard became editor of the website in 2014 and coordinates site content and strategy, leading the news team in coverage of the world's biggest races and working with the tech editor to deliver comprehensive buying guides, reviews, and the latest product news.

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