Dan Martin in the Giro di Lombardia

Dan Martin took 8th place in the Lombardia bunch sprint. This finish followed some problems with injury in the middle of the season (he missed the Tour de France and wasn’t on top form in the Vuelta a Espana), but his early season was fantastic with 2nd overall in the Volta a Catalunya and 3rd overall in the Tour of the Mediterranean.

Above Dan is pictured in the bunch of riders sprinting for 3rd (Gilbert and Sanchez had already bagged 1st and 2nd place). Another big photo © of the always-excellent Sirotti which features regularly on steephill.tv’s galleries.

I have been a fan ever since Andy from Bike-Pure told Dan he liked my photo of him in the 2008 Tour of Britain.

Yellow jersey group

I did have a copyright issue with this image. One day I was surprised find it in a marketing email from Chain Reaction Cycles, used without credit or permission. More info here.

Back on topic- my opinion of Dan was further enhanced in a Cycle Sport feature. He seems to have his feet on the ground, doesn’t shoot his mouth off, and is looking to progress at a sensible pace. He says, when I climb, it’s all on feel. A man after the Scottish Cyclist‘s heart then!