Ireland’s Dan Martin is set race the Giro d’Italia for his first time this year alongside experienced Garmin-Transitions team-mate David Millar.

“If he keeps riding like this, I don’t see why not,” Team Manager Jonathan Vaughters told Cycling Weekly.

Vaughters will confirm the team selection next week, but Martin’s inclusion in the nine-man almost secured.

Martin and Canadian Ryder Hesjedal led the team at Flèche Wallonne today in Belgium. Hesjedal placed 10th three days after placing second at Amstel Gold and 23-year-old Martin placed 18th.

“My legs are fantastic, but I didn’t have that top end and I was a little blocked by my allergies,” Martin told Cycling Weekly.

“I rode a perfect race and the boys looked after me. Plus, Ryder was 10th, we had two guys in the top 20. I need to sort out these allergies and then I can challenge for these classics in the future.”

Though 18th, Martin was only 19 seconds behind the winner, World Champion Cadel Evans. The performance is a good sign for the longest and oldest Ardennes Classics, Liège-Bastogne-Liège.

“I am looking forward Sunday. I felt like I could have race strongly for another 50 to 60 kilometres today,” added Martin. “Liège is going to be fun.”

Martin made his Grand Tour debut at the Vuelta a España last year. He planned to race the Tour de France last year, but had to forfeit two days ahead of the race with knee problems.

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