Dan Martin: 'The pain is worse sitting on the sofa than the saddle' at the Tour de France

The Irishman tentatively starts the Tour de France and hopes to hit form after the first rest day

Dan Martin and Thibaut Pinot on stage one of the 2020 Tour de France (Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP via Getty Images)

(Image credit: AFP via Getty Images)

While stage one of the Tour de France was a complete and utter crash-fest, one man who managed to keep himself out of harm's way was Dan Martin.

The Israel Start-Up Nation rider was one of many who had a less than ideal build-up to the 2020 French Grand Tour, crashing on the hailstorm stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné and breaking a bone at the base of his back.

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Hi. I'm Cycling Weekly's Weekend Editor. I like writing offbeat features and eating too much bread when working out on the road at bike races.

Before joining Cycling Weekly I worked at The Tab and I've also written for Vice, Time Out, and worked freelance for The Telegraph (I know, but I needed the money at the time so let me live).

I also worked for ITV Cycling between 2011-2018 on their Tour de France and Vuelta a España coverage. Sometimes I'd be helping the producers make the programme and other times I'd be getting the lunches. Just in case you were wondering - Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen had the same ham sandwich every day, it was great.