Dan Martin: 'I raced like an idiot at the Tour last year, but I've learned a lot'

The Irishman says he's racing with no fear and won't have a dedicated GC team around him

Dan Martin attacks at Liege-Bastogne-Liege (Sunada)

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Daniel Martin says that he "raced like an idiot" in the Tour de France last year, but he takes those lessons going for the win in year's race starting on Saturday in Düsseldorf.

Martin placed ninth in the Tour de France in 2016 and took a confidence boost from his third place ride in the Critérium du Dauphiné earlier in June.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.