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Saturday 24 August 2019

Martin happy with his spot

Dan Martin
Dan Martin

Dan Martin will enjoy the first rest day of the Tour de France with a nice feeling in his mind - if not necessarily his legs - after a tough opening week ended with the Irishman well placed.

Martin was alert to the danger on yesterday's stage 10 to Albi and when echelons ripped the peloton apart in a frantic finale, he got on the right side of the splits to move up to ninth overall.

Though still two minutes and nine seconds down on Julian Alaphilippe in yellow, Martin knows the real deficit to monitor is the 57-second gap to second-placed Geraint Thomas, and that is one he can live with.

"I think I've managed to get through it easy as possible, if that's a way of saying it," Martin said of an opening week that proved tougher than the stage profiles might have suggested.

"I think we're pretty happy with where we are at the moment. Obviously it would be nice to be a bit closer to yellow but I think we would have taken this position before the start of the race."

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