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Recently retired Irish ace Dan Martin is looking back at a modern-day peloton that is very different from the one he joined in 2007.
Martin, who won Liège-Bastogne-Liège, Il Lombardia, and five grand tour stages, told The Guardian the increasingly buttoned-down, no-stone-unturned machine of modern cycling lost its soul.
“It’s the freedom of expression as well. That freedom to attack. Racing is quite boring to watch now as nobody makes mistakes anymore,” Martin told The Guardian .
“Everything is so fine-tuned you don’t see guys having bad days. Everybody is nutritionally perfect, training is perfect, and it’s lacking that human element. Racing has become quite prescriptive.”
Martin became known for aggressive, firecracker racing during his 14 years with the Garmin, Quick-Step, UAE Emirates, and Israel-Premier Tech teams.The Irishman stepped away from an offer from Team Sky in 2018 for fear of being sucked into a system that thrived on watts of power, grams of food, and hours of sleep.He instead raced two years with both UAE Emirates and Israel-Premier Tech before he retired, ruing “though I am still competitive, I’ve realized that racing has lost the fun element.”“That’s why I stopped riding this time last year – because the sport was becoming so controlled,” Martin told The Guardian this week.“I’d lost my advantage because every cyclist now is told exactly what they’re doing […]