Martin, the new Kelly

Sunday, April 21st

Twenty-four years after Sean Kelly, Dan Martin became the second Irishman to win Liège-Bastogne-Liège. This 99th edition of the oldest classic on the calendar was at the height of expectations... Read more

Dan Martin (GRS): «Complete shock»

news21.04.2013After the race

Can you talk to us about the tactic set up by the team?
The idea was to get someone in front and that's what Ryder did and I just stayed behind with the others. I couldn't believe how easy it was in Saint-Nicolas. I was totally in control and followed any attack that went. With Ryder in front I was in the perfect position. We eventually caught him at the top of the climb and he rode flat out for me. It was a fantastic team effort from all the team. Every single of our riders rode their hearts out today. Me and Ryder were already in the Top 10 last year so it really is a good race for us.

Winning after Sean Kelly must mean a lot?
Actually somebody texted me last night that the first year that Sean Kelly won Catalunya, he won Liège weeks later. That was back in 1984. That was a bit of an omen and I've been thinking about it all week. After finishing fourth of the Fleche Wallonne, I thought that maybe I could win. All these little things were adding up. I was in a complete state of zen all day. Just so calm.

What has changed in the last few years that has made you a winner of Liège-Bastogne-Liège?
I think it's just maturing physically and the confidence as well. I've definitely made a big step this winter. Maybe the Tour last year brought me a lot. I found a massive difference in my body this past year. I've grown up basically. I think that it's also an age thing. And for these races, the more mature guys do well. There's also the confidence of my team as well. That belief has given me that extra edge.

How did you react when you crossed the finish line?
I was shocked. Complete shock. I couldn't believe it. I race on instinct. I don't think about what's happening during the race. I just try and win. Actually finding myself in front of the finish line of Liège-Bastogne-Liège with my arms in the air, it's incredible…

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