Martínez: "I was going to the limit, but I was determined to fight"

The Colombian won his first Criterium del Dauphiné after finishing second in the last stage behind Sepp Kuss.


Daniel Felipe Martínez won his first Criterium del Dauphiné, the fourth title for Colombia in this event, and he did so thanks to his perseverance and regularity, despite the fact that he did not achieve any stage triumphs.

The Education First rider certified the victory thanks to his second position in the last stage, where he left behind his most immediate pursuers in the general: Thibaut Pinot, Miguel Ángel López and Tadej Pogacar. "This morning I learned that Roglic was not starting. I knew the race would be crazy from the beginning. The team worked for me in the first part of the stage, which allowed me to save energy for the final and go for the victory. I was on the edge, but determined to fight to the end. It is one of the most important races in the world, so leaving Colombia and winning here makes me very happy, "the Colombian acknowledged on the radio of the race after the stage.

Landa: "We will make it to the Tour de France well"

For his part, Mikel Landa was the other side of the coin. The Spaniard had everything to face to try to win the race with the abandonments of Roglic, Buchmann and Quintana in the last hours, but he suffered from back discomfort, as he recognized on the Bahrain-McLaren Twitter at the end of the last stage.

"Today was a very tough day of the race. We started at full speed from the beginning. After the second pass I started to feel bad in my back and it got worse and worse. At the end I got off the hook, but it's okay. We have had five days very tough race courses and I think we'll get to the Tour de France well, "explained the Alava.

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