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Dauphiné (2) - Martin : "It is frustrating"

Dauphiné (2) - Martin : "It is frustrating"

The second stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné (2.WT, 9-16/06) offered again a parcours suited for attacks. A thirteen man breakaway escaped from the peloton in the beginning of the stage, among whom some strong candidates who provoked a very exhausting day. The peloton explosed while climbing, before a regrouping was produced with 35 kilometer to go. Guillaume Martin took advantage of this situation to counterattack in sight of the last difficulty of the day and break away with a 10 rider group. Martin escaped with Teuns on the flanks of Saint-Victor-sur-Arlanc and passed the top with a 20 second advantage on the first pursuers. The group of favorites, lead by Froome and Fuglsang, will finally never come back and the victory will be decided in a sprint with two in the streets of Craponne-sur-Arzon. Trying to surprise Teuns, Guillaume Martin was finally overtaken during the last meters, missing the victory with several centimeters. The French man, 2nd in the stage, is also in 2nd position in the provisional general classification, three seconds behind the new yellow jersey. Odd Eiking takes 3rd position in the young rider's classification.

Guillaume Martin :

« We've had everything during this stage, with a very fast and exhausting start with fog and rain, then crosswinds before an offensive final, as I like it. I end this stage a little bit frustrated, because I had an excellent feeling and because this kind of stages suits me really well. I wanted to attack and I was in the front with Teuns. I knew he was a true Puncher and I am a bad sprinter. So I risked everything and didn't relay anymore during the last kilometer. I wanted to surprise him, and finally I didn't do too badly, as it was difficult for him to come next to me. It was only several meters too long, it is a pity, because I really wanted to win today. »

« I have the feeling that I really passed a limit. I am regular compared to the cream of global cycling. I got 26 yesterday and I am really motivated to show something in these kind of races, in this Dauphiné, before starting the Tour de France. I arrive at a physical maturity and the integration of my trainer Samuel Bellenoue in the Wanty-Gobert staff brings me serenity. I prepared this period well with two altitude training camps. I am very motivated to perform, and not delay something I can do today. I will attack again, maybe not tomorrow, but next weekend! » 

Stage 2 :
1. Dylan Teuns
2. Guillaume Martin
3. Jakob Fuglsang + 0:13
22. Odd Eiking + 1:48
42. Xandro Meurisse + 3:13
48. Fabien Doubey + 5:34
50. Marco Minnaard 
130. Thomas Degand + 21:54
132. Bart De Clercq

Provisional GC:
1. Dylan Teuns
2. Guillaume Martin + 0:03
3. Jakob Fuglsang + 0:20
24. Odd Eiking + 1:59
40. Xandro Meurisse + 3:24
54. Fabien Doubey + 9;28
83. Marco Minnaard + 16:31
110. Bart De Clercq + 26:59
127. Thomas Degand + 32:51