Irishman Dan Martin makes his debut in UAE Team Emirates colours at the Portuguese stage race starting on February 14
The 31-year-old Irishman made the switch from Quick-Step Floors to UAE Team Emirates in the winter, and will make his racing debut in his new colours in the Portuguese race from Wednesday, February 14.
“Going in to Volta ao Algarve I have a mixture of nerves and excitement. There is always anxiety to get back to racing and find out where the fitness levels are, but I feel good and have trained well in the winter months, but racing is of course always different,” said Martin in a team statement.
“It’s exciting to finally pin a number on the UAE Team Emirates jersey and start racing with a great group of guys.”
Martin will join British sprinter Ben Swift in UAE’s line-up in the Algarve, along with Italians Valerio Conti and Edward Ravasi, Norwegian Vegard Stake Laengen, Slovenian Jan Polanc and Australian Rory Sutherland.
Although it’s the first time that the group has raced together, Martin says they have already gelled at team gatherings.
“Of course it will take time to learn how to race well together but