Dan Martin Talks to Zipp
You just wrapped up 2nd place at the Volta a Catalunya with a very impressive ride on stage 4. When you attacked on the final climb, were you surprised at how much time you gained?
I didn’t really know what to expect going into the race as its hard to judge your form in training, but also because it’s the first time I have really raced with those guys in the mountains. It was a lot of fun to have the legs to attack and I actually took more time then I ended up with. Valverde finished really strongly but I was definitely a bit surprised when he couldn’t close the gap on me, especially with his team mate’s help.
I actually raced as a Briton as a junior, and was British national champion in 2004 representing GB in 2003 and 2004 at the worlds. I decided to change in the winter of 2006. I had always felt more at home in Ireland and the GB was too track orientated for a rider like myself.
Wheel selection for me is always about striking the right balance. The light weight of the 202s make them the obvious choice for the high mountains, but I really like the feeling the 404s give me and so on hilly stages I stick with the deeper wheel - definitely 404s on the flat stages though.
Photo: (C)Tim De Waele