Dan Martin took 8th place in the Lombardia bunch sprint. This finish followed some problems with injury in the middle of the season (he missed the Tour de France and wasn’t on top form in the Vuelta a Espana), but his early season was fantastic with 2nd overall in the Volta a Catalunya and 3rd overall in the Tour of the Mediterranean.
Above Dan is pictured in the bunch of riders sprinting for 3rd (Gilbert and Sanchez had already bagged 1st and 2nd place). Another big photo © of the always-excellent Sirotti which features regularly on steephill.tv’s galleries.
I have been a fan ever since Andy from Bike-Pure told Dan he liked my photo of him in the 2008 Tour of Britain.
I did have a copyright issue with this image. One day I was surprised find it in a marketing email from Chain Reaction Cycles, used without credit or permission. More info here.
Back on topic- my opinion of Dan was further enhanced in a Cycle Sport feature. He seems to have his feet on the ground, doesn’t shoot his mouth off, and is looking to progress at a sensible pace. He says, when I climb, it’s all on feel. A man after the Scottish Cyclist‘s heart then!
The pic above was taken on the 2008 tour of Britain, about half way up the Mennock Pass. Steve Cummings attacked the yellow jersey, and Geoffroy Lequatre, Dan Martin and others are pictured trying to stay in touch with him. Cummings was later reeled in on the other side of the hill, while Edvald Boassen Hagen (2009’s Gent-Wevelgem winner) won the stage at Drumlanrig Castle.
A not-for-profit anti-doping organisation, Bike Pure, contacted me through Flickr, asking permission to use the image for Dan Martin, their supported rider, and I said OK, cos I thought it was a good cause. No £££ in it for me, but they gave me appropriate credit on the Dan Martin gallery on their site.
Changing the subject momentarily, an online bicycle shop Chain Reaction Cycles, send out a weekly email promoting products, offers, etc. You know the style. A few weeks back, I got an email about about ‘rolling back prices on wheels’…
The link to Bike-Pure about half way down the email has a pic of Garmin rider Dan Martin in it- wait a minute, that’s my pic!
I posted about this on the forum of my local bike club, and got a few sympathetic replies, and then Andy at Bike Pure noticed my grumble. He got in contact with me and offered take it up on my behalf with CRC. As yet still no response from them though.
I will keep you ‘posted’