Ireland’s Dan Martin set for the podium place in Paris: He’s won the Tour de France super combative award for 2018.
Dan Martin was aiming for a podium finish at the Tour de France this year. And while he isn’t in the top three overall he will go to the ball after all.
The Irish rider was nominated among eight as the most aggressive rider of Tour de France 2018.
And after a public vote, and the deliberations of a jury, Martin has come through to win it. That means he has taken the super combative prize overall on this Tour.
The award is a prestigious one and also carries with it a trip to the podium in Paris tomorrow. Furthermore, he picks up a cool €20,000 for winning the category.
It’s a fantastic reward for Dan Martin; the uber-aggressive climber who has raced brilliantly on this Tour.
“I honestly can’t believe I’ve been given the super combativity prize,” he said after the penultimate stage.
“I really wanted to be on the podium in Paris. But I didn’t think I’d do it this way – especially as I haven’t taken the prize on any of the stages. But it’s an honour and I’m speechless.”
Martin has been beset with bad luck since the race started. But he won stage 6 with a searing 1.2km attack from base to summit of the Mur de Bretagne.
The other Tour de France riders nominated for the super combative prize were: Julian Alaphilippe, Warren Barguil, Sylvain Chavanel, Lawson Craddock, Damien Gaudin, Peter Sagan and Alejandro Valverde.
Dan Martin stage winner and Tour de France super combative award victory.
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