It started last June, when Daniel Felipe Martínez, runner of the Education First team, trained to be part of the Tour de France, but a fall not only deprived him of going to the test, but also led him to the operating room.
Martinez fractured the scaphoid of his right hand and his left thumb, which prevented him from running.
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“It was a fall and I was operated on Wednesday. I think the Tour will be difficult for me, ”Martínez told EL TIEMPO on that occasion.
Soacha's runner, Cundinamarca, had won a stage in Paris-Nice and was aiming to be one of the important runners of Education First on the Tour next to Rigoberto Urán.
Daniel recovered and reappeared won the gold medal at the Pan American Games in Lima, in which he won the individual time trial.
Then, he was in the Tour of Spain, but it did not go well. His team enlisted him for the Tour of Guangxi, proof that he finished Tuesday at dawn in Colombia with the second place in the general, behind the Spanish Enric Mas, the champion, who surpassed him for only five seconds.
The last stage was won by the German Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe), who beat the Colombian Juan Sebastian Molano of UAE Emirates.
But he won the final triumph in the third edition of the Chinese test, in which he also won the classification of young people, after his team controlled, without major problems, the stage that had only two slight mountainous difficulties, the last 29 kilometers from the finish line
Martinez (EF Education First) and Italian Diego Rosa (Team Ineos) also maintained their place on the final podium.
Ackermann won the Colombian Juan Sebastián Molano (UAE Emirates) and the Dutchman Timo Roosen (Jumbo-Visma) on the finish line.
Martinez ended a year in which he went from the operating room to the podium.