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Dauphiné (6) : Martin battles with favorites on birthday

Dauphiné (6) : Martin battles with favorites on birthday

The sixth stage of the Criterium du Dauphine (2.WT, 04-11/06) promised a first test for the climbers. The riders had to overcome the climb of the Mont du Chat (8.7 km - 10.3%), with the top 15.5 kilometers from the finish in La Motte-Servolex. When the favorites speeded up at Mont du Chat, Guillaume Martin could hold on well. Martin eventually had to let go not far from the summit, and finished 15th in the stage. In the overall ranking, Martin, who celebrated his 24th birthday on Friday, advances to 19th spot. Thomas Degand finished 41st. Saturday the peloton rides from Aoste to the mythical Alpe d'Huez over 168 kilometers.

Guillaume Martin:

"At the beginning of the stage, a break was quickly established. Until the foot of the Mont du Chat it was the easiest day of the week. We had to position ourselves well, and the team succeeded. On Mont du Chat the legs had to speak. It was a matter of holding on as long as possible. I am pleased with the way I rode the climb. Four kilometers before the summit I had to let go. I continued to ride at my own pace and managed to return, but then the favorites accelerated again. Then I rode the descent in the company of Talansky, Chaves, Yates, Latour and Benoot.

The feeling was good and I ended up in nice company. That gives satisfaction. But in the coming days I have to stay focused! There are still two stages to come. Who knows, maybe I can try to go for a stage win. I want to obtain a good general ranking, but if I have the choice between a stage win and an 18th place in the overall ranking, I choose for the victory! For this we need to take risks and occasionally lose in order to win another time. I am going to rest first and analyze everything afterwards. It was a nice birthday at least! "

WGG Martin
Guillaume Martin in the wheel of Andrew Talansky.

 

Results stage 6 (Parc des Oiseaux -  La Motte-Servolex)

1. Jakob Fuglsang
2. Richie Porte
3. Chris Froome
15. Guillaume Martin + 02:17
41. Thomas Degand + 06:37
57. Yoann Offredo + 10:57
65. Marco Minnaard + 11:46
81. Guillaume Van Keirsbulck + 14:55
82. Dion Smith 
110. Frederik Backaert
149. Pieter Vanspeybrouck + 21:45

General classification after stage 6

1. Richie Porte
2. Chris Froome + 00:39
3. Jakob Fuglsang + 01:15
19. Guillaume Martin + 05:11
34. Thomas Degand + 08:57
60. Yoann Offredo + 17:33
98. Frederik Backaert + 25:23
99. Dion Smith + 25:29
107. Marco Minnaard + 26:55
111. Pieter Vanspeybrouck + 31:10
119. Guillaume Van Keirsbulck + 33:19