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Tour of Britain 2013 - Dan Martin talks to DP
By Mark Sharon
Date: 9/15/2013
Tour of Britain 2013 - Dan Martin talks to DP
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2013 Tour of Britian: GarminSharp Pre Tour of Britain RideOut - Dan Martin looking to eradicate memories of his exit from La Vuelta

Report & Photographs by Gavin Hughes

On the eve of the Tour of Britain – Team Garmin Sharp hosted their traditional RideOut at the Avon Tyrrell Activity Centre in the New Forest which included a meet the team Q&A session as well as a gentle 50 mile sportive through the New Forest.

The Garmin Sharp team were in a reflective mood and Dan Martin was looking to eradicate memories of his painful exit from La Vuelta.  Martin happily admitted that the ToB is ideally placed in the racing calendar and he will be seeking to use the event as a springboard to his Worlds challenge in Florence later in the month. 

With Irish team mates Nicolas Roach and Philip Deignan in good form Martin is clearly looking for a strong finish to a season that has seen him win the coveted Liege-Bastogne-Liege classic and Stage 9 of this year's Tour de France.

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Dan Martin & Author © Gavin Hughes

With no race radios on the ToB, Bauer stated that Garmin tactics would be fluid and be finalised each day on the team bus.  Bauer mentioned that they would be happy to assist the OmegaPharma QuickStep train in chasing down breakaways, giving Steel Von Hoff a chance to compete with Mark Cavendish and Alessandro Petacchi on the sprint finishes.                                  

The Madison-Genesis team – also in attendance at the RideOut - represent a different end of the pro-cycling spectrum.  The Tour of Britain represents the zenith for Roger Hammond's Madison-Genesis team.  While the team may seem light on experience they will have Dean Downing and Liam Holohan, the latter eyeing up the tour's summit finish at Haytor in Dartmoor on Stage 6 in a showdown against Movistar’s Nairo Quintana and Dan Martin. 

Madison-Genesis will of course be riding the steel bikes. Hammond had a lot of praise for the current version of the bikes mentioning that the handling and comfort were improved on previous versions.

Genesis Madison Bikes

Madison Genesis Bikes © Gavin Hughes

Race Route for 2013

Le Tour de Langkawi 2012

Race Route © Tour of Britain

The route of the 2013 Tour of Britain is as follows:

Stage 1  Sunday 15th September Peebles to Drumlanrig Castle 201km

Stage 2  Monday 16th September Cumbria, The Lake District Stage, Carlisle to Kendal 225km

Stage 3  Tuesday 17th September Knowsley Individual Time Trial 16km

Stage 4  Wednesday 18th September Stoke-on-Trent to Llanberis 190.9km

Stage 5  Thursday 19th September Machynlleth to Caerphilly 177.1km

Stage 6  Friday 20th September Sidmouth to Haytor, Dartmoor 137km

Stage 7  Saturday 21st September Epsom to Guildford 150.4km

Stage 8  Sunday 22nd September The London Stage, presented by TfL 88km


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