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Romandie (3) : Martin, 6th, "I hoped for more"

Romandie (3) : Martin, 6th, "I hoped for more"

The weather gods were nice for the riders, this Friday, on the routes of the third stage of Tour de Romandie (2.WT). The peloton was spared from rain on a hard course with a never ending series of climbs. A breakaway of seven riders was formed after a very nervous first hour of racing with numerous attacks. A reduced lead group of thirty riders among whom Guillaume Martin, always well supported by his teammates, tackled the last climb in Romont. The French climber became 6th in the stage won by his compatriot David Gaudu. Martin climbs to a 15th position in the provisional general classification before a decisive mountain top finish in Torgon the following day.

Guillaume Martin :

« The start of the race was very fast, with quite a few attacks. My teammates worked very well by always being present in the groups of escapees. We were not in the good breakaway, which was no problem, because Jumbo-Visma controlled the race. Afterwards we rode grouped all day. In the final I was very well placed to start the climbs. Education First accelerated in the hills of the last climb, which provoked a selection. The final battle for the victory was decided in the last 300 meter. »

« I am satisfied with my performance, but I was hoping for more. The last climb was a bit neutralized, because nobody attacked. My idea was to follow the first attack, but as no one dared to attack I waited for the sprint in the final 300 meters, which is not my specialty. I had the legs to win, not merely to sprint for a place of honor. But this is a good sign for this Saturday. My legs are good, I hope to survive the cold! » 

Stage 3 :
1. David Gaudu
2. Rui Costa 
3. Primoz Roglic
6. Guillaume Martin + 0:03
41. Thomas Degand + 0:46
61. Odd Eiking + 5:27
65. Frederik Backaert
66. Xandro Meurisse
68. Andrea Pasqualon
81. Aimé De Gendt

General provisional classification:
1. Primoz Roglic 
2. David Gaudu + 0:06
3. Rui Costa + 0:08
15. Guillaume Martin + 0:33
45. Thomas Degand + 5:52