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Dan Martin well in contention at the Tour of Beijing

Updated: Monday, 14 Oct 2013 12:40 | Comments

Dan Martin is within touching distance of the overall lead in the Tour of Beijing
Dan Martin is within touching distance of the overall lead in the Tour of Beijing

Ireland’s Dan Martin is just ten seconds off the overall lead going into the final day of the 2013 Tour of Beijing.

The Garmin-Sharp rider battled hard for victory in today’s 151km stage four from Yanqing - Mentougou Miaofeng Mountain but had to settle for second place behind Spain’s Benat Intxausti who with the stage victory took the overall lead.

Intxausti and Martin were part of a four-man breakaway along with David Lopez and Rui Costa.

Movistar cyclist Intxausti attacked inside the final kilometre with Martin doing his best to keep up but the Irishman appeared to fade slightly within the final 100km and finished three seconds behind the new race leader.

Despite the short overall lead, Martin may have his work cut out for him on the fifth and final stage which is a flat 117km run from Tiananmen Square to Bird's Nest Piazza, which will heavily favour the sprinters.

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