Dan Martin: The Pyrenees were an opportunity, but now it's just a case of survival

The Irishman says he's still recovering from his crash on stage nine of the Tour de France, and now needs to just hold on to his place on GC

Dan Martin on stage four of the Tour de France

(Image credit: Yuzuru Sunada)

The Pyrenean stages of the Tour de France today and tomorrow will be about survival rather than attack for Dan Martin (Quick-Step Floors) following two crashes last weekend.

Martin was taken out by Richie Porte’s high-speed crash on the descent off the Mont du Chat on Sunday’s stage. Although he recovered Martin then crashed a second time on the descent as he came to the next bend to discover he had no front brake.

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Having trained as a journalist at Cardiff University I spent eight years working as a business journalist covering everything from social care, to construction to the legal profession and riding my bike at the weekends and evenings. When a friend told me Cycling Weekly was looking for a news editor, I didn't give myself much chance of landing the role, but I did and joined the publication in 2016. Since then I've covered Tours de France, World Championships, hour records, spring classics and races in the Middle East. On top of that, since becoming features editor in 2017 I've also been lucky enough to get myself sent to ride my bike for magazine pieces in Portugal and across the UK. They've all been fun but I have an enduring passion for covering the national track championships. It might not be the most glamorous but it's got a real community feeling to it.