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Dan Martin wins Liège-Bastogne-Liège, with a little help from Castelli

Becoming the first Irish rider to win Liège-Bastogne-Liège since the legendary Sean Kelly last won this Belgian 'Monument' in 1989 is no small feat, but that's exactly what 26 year old Garmin-Sharp rider Dan Martin achieved last Sunday in front of an enthusiastic flag waving finish-straight crowd.


Wearing his favoured Castelli Climber's Jersey and Inferno Bib Shorts finished in custom Garmin colours, Martin made an early move to avoid a sprint showdown he knew would not play to his strengths. Nobly assisted by team-mate Ryder Hesjedal, who set a high pace to keep the selection of 6 safely away from the chasing pack, Martin rode into the final kilometre with only Spain's Joaquim Rodriguez and a pointy-nosed Panda for company (see the video), before turning on the after-burners and shedding El Purito with a last-minute burst of strength to take a well-deserved victory.



http://youtu.be/PWb16ZDBmlM


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About the Rider: Peter
Co-founder of Always Riding, Pete enjoys road, trail and a good city commute. Most of all though, he loves chatting to other riders, the mid-ride stop after a leg-breaking ascent, and a cup of tea at the end of the ride. There is no truth in the rumour that he likes to wear women's clothes and hang around in bars. No truth at all.
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