Extremes of weather are often a rider’s worst nightmare and Etixx-Quick Step‘s Dan Martin is no different in his dislike of ridiculous conditions.
Martin remembers back to the 2012 Tour of Catalunya where one day the peloton was racing through freezing snow and the next basking in 25 degree sunshine.
The third stage was shortened due to snow, but Martin recalls that he crashed early in the stage and was forced to ride “one-legged” to the finish line in Port Ainé.
At the opposite end of the weather spectrum, Martin was one of many riders to suffer in the sweltering heat of the Tour de France stage to Rodez in 2015, where temperatures got up into the high 30s.
Martin was already running a high temperature and fever before the start of the stage and was almost pulled out of the race, but managed to cling on in the sizzling temperatures to fight another day, finishing six minutes down on winner Greg Van Avermaet.