Danish sports director still believes Irishman can achieve ambition of a Grand Tour podium finish
Quick-Step Floors Sports Director Brian Holm has revealed how Dan Martin will be a big loss to the team in 2018 after the Irishman moved to UAE Team Emirates in the off-season.
Speaking to Cycling Weekly at Quick-Step Floors training camp in Calpe, Holm spoke about how the Belgian team were gutted to lose a rider of Martin’s calibre.
“That is one rider we are really going to miss, he was one of the best ever. Because Dan was one of the most professional and nicest guys to work with.”
Martin arrived at Quick-Step from Cannondale-Garmin, with a solid collection of Monument victories at Il Lombardia and Liege-Bastogne-Liege. However, the 31-year-old was looking for opportunities to race Grand Tours as a GC contender, and it astounded Holm that he hadn’t been given the chance before in his previous team considering his pedigree.
“He told me that Cannondale did not consider him a climber, I said ‘what the hell you’re not a climber?’ He was asking if he could do GC for me and I was like ‘of course’.”
“I said if he doesn’t make top-10 I’ll cut off his ears, luckily he did it so I didn’t have to do it.”