Dan Martin will return to the Giro d’Italia this 12 months for the initially time since 2014, when his race was finished by a crash in the opening crew time demo in Belfast.
Israel Start out-Up Nation declared on Thursday that the Irishman will direct the team at the Giro, which gets underway in Turin on May well 8.
“It feels like unfinished business enterprise there as, effectively, I guess everyone is aware the tale. I arrived at the begin in Belfast in superb sort and crashed out halfway via the TTT in stage 1,” Martin said in a statement from his workforce.
“It was hard for me to check out the race that year, but I have always been a large fan of the [Giro]. Right after finishing it in 2010, it has just never match with my plans or the team’s ambitions due to the fact then for me to be at the Ardennes classics and the Tour.”
Martin placed 57th overall on his Giro debut in 2010 – “a race that virtually killed me,” he told the Sunday Independent in 2017 – where by the emphasize was ninth-area complete atop the Zoncolan.
He has completed in the prime 10 general at the Tour de France on three instances in the intervening period and very last November he recorded the most effective Grand Tour end of his career to date when he positioned fourth total at the Vuelta a España.
Even though Martin is also anticipated to line up alongside Chris Froome at the Tour, he has been handed sole management of the staff at the Giro. The 7 riders who will aid him in Could have still to be announced.
“We think he can accomplish very well in both equally Grand Tours,” workforce manager Kjell Carlstrom mentioned of Martin.
“This year’s Giro d’Italia must, on paper, suit Dan and his design of racing very nicely, and it will be incredibly intriguing to see how items go as there are unquestionably several contenders.”
Martin joins a long listing of all round contenders at the Giro, with Egan Bernal (Ineos Grenadiers), Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), Vincenzo Nibali (Trek-Segafredo), Simon Yates (Workforce BikeExchange), Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck-QuickStep) between those people to have confirmed their participation.
The race route opens with a brief time trial close to Turin and ends with a 29.4km time demo to Milan but is packed with mountains and hilly phases, which includes a phase on the dirt roadways of Tuscany to Montalcino.
“The program appears to be like superior for the solid staff who will start out together with me in Torino,” said Martin.
“I just cannot wait for the possibility to go for a stage acquire in Italy, and to try out to finish my established of Grand Tour stage victories. Italy is a country I enjoy, with roadways that I have relished significant achievements on. It feels like I am exploring a new race – like I’m a neo-professional once again!”
Martin missed a system get started at Tirreno-Adriatico last thirty day period due to health issues, but he returned to competitors at previous week’s Volta a Catalunya, where he placed 25th general. He is established to line out at Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège ahead of the Grande Partenza in Turin.