Dan Martin, the strong Irish climber of UAE Team Emirates, who won a stage as well as finishing second and third in other stages during this year’s Critérium du Dauphiné, finished in fourth place overall as the title was won on Sunday by Sky’s Geraint Thomas.
In the last stage, the fourth summit finish in a row, Edward Ravasi was in the escape with five others until the final 10 kilometres. On the climb to Saint-Gervais Mont Blanc, Martin tried a few times to break free but had to remain satisfied with his win from two days ago.
“I felt good the entire stage, but in the final, my legs didn’t respond how I thought they would. I’m still happy with the overall results in this race. I’m at a physical level I didn’t really expect,” the Irish rider said.
Overall, Martin was happy with both his and his team’s performance in their main warm-up race for this year’s Tour de France:
”I won a beautiful stage, I took fourth overall. The team, very young here, rode well at my side and was working strongly the entire week. They were incredible. We paid in the teamtime trial, but in the mountain stages, my teammates were always there, first in the escapes and then with support. Now, I’m going to recover for a few days and then build towards the Tour de France.”
Mitchelton-Scott’s Adam Yates won today’s final stage when he kicked free in the last 50 metres. He finished ahead of escape rider Daniel Navarro of Cofidis. Martin placed sixth on Sunday at 24 seconds.
In the final general classification, Sky’s Welsh rider Geraint Thomas took the trophy with one minute to spare over Yates. Thomas was 1-47 ahead of Romain Bardet (Ag2r La Mondiale) and 2-35 clear of Martin.
Stage 7 Result
1 Adam Yates (GBR) Mitchelton-Scott
2 Daniel Navarro (ESP) Cofidis 0:00:04
3 Romain Bardet (FRA) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:09
6 Daniel Martin (IRL) UAE Team Emirates 0:00:24
Final General Classification
1 Geraint Thomas (GBR) Team Sky 20:51:19
2 Adam Yates (GBR) Mitchelton-Scott 0:01:00
3 Romain Bardet (FRA) AG2R La Mondiale 0:01:47
4 Daniel Martin (IRL) UAE Team Emirates 0:02:35
5 Damiano Caruso (ITA) BMC Racing Team 0:02:44