Martin became the father of twins last autumn, and he told Cyclingnews at the start of stage 3 of the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana that his life has changed dramatically.
“It’s a big life-change, an amazing experience. It has made me stronger and more focussed.
“I’ve just had to cut out all of the time-wasting in my life. Now it’s just bike and kids; there’s no time for anything else anymore.”
The new UAE Tour is a major goal for Martin and his team, and so he needed to build his early-season form to prepare for that target held between February 25 and March 2. Martin will try and a top result for the team at their home race.
“Obviously, it’s to try and get the best result for the team, which is to try and win the race,” Martin said. “I’m feeling a little bit ahead of where I’d normally be, but that’s been the aim because the UAE Tour is so important for the team.
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