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Dauphiné (4) - Martin : "Keeping the same spirit"

Dauphiné (4) - Martin : "Keeping the same spirit"

The time trial in the Critérium du Dauphiné (2.WT, 9-16/06) modified the looks of the provisional general classification. Guillaume Martin, 2nd in the general classification this morning, set the 71st time on a rough and windy parcours in Roanne. The French climber limited the damage to the specialists, but retrograded to 18th position in the general classification. Xandro Meurisse set the best time for team Wanty-Gobert in this fourth stage with the 23rd chrono of the day. This Friday, the fifth stage will bring the peloton in 201 rather flat kilometers from Boën-sur-Lignon to Voiron.

Guillaume Martin :

« My time trial was not exceptional, but I expected this. The time trial is definitely not my preferred effort, but I gave my all. I performed following my habitual standards, which means that I loose one minute per 10 kilometer to the best rouleurs. My position in the general classification is henceforth quite uncomfortable. I am far in the general classification, but not far enough to gain a big advantage in a breakaway. So I will see how the first mountain stage unfolds and review the situation Friday evening. But I keep the spirit with which I started this week: take risks and aim for a stage victory. » 

Stage 4 :
1. Wout Van Aert 
2. Tejay Van Garderen + 0:31
3. Tom Dumoulin + 0:47
23. Xandro Meurisse + 1:42
61. Fabien Doubey + 2:56
62. Thomas Degand + 2:57
71. Guillaume Martin + 3:16
89. Bart De Clercq + 3:43
97. Marco Minnaard + 3:52
112. Odd Eiking + 4:22

Provisional general classification:
1. Adam Yates 
2. Dylan Teuns + 0:04
3. Tejay Van Garderen + 0:06
18. Guillaume Martin + 1:59
33. Xandro Meurisse + 3:46
40. Odd Eiking + 5:01
54. Fabien Doubey + 11:04
77. Marco Minnaard + 19:03
109. Bart De Clercq + 29:22
120. Thomas Degand + 34:28