Guillaume Martin joined Wanty-Groupe Gobert in 2016. The young French neo-pro got to ride no less than four WorldTour-racesin his first season including the Spring Classics and the Critérium du Dauphiné. He got good results with a second place in the GC of the Tour of Austria and a fourth place in the Tour de l’Ain. Straight from the start of the season he underwent a knee surgery and started his season in the Circuit de la Sarthe -Pays de Loire.
« I missed the first part of the season. I had only trained a month when I rode my first race. This is not ideal for a neo-pro to start the season this way. Luckily I could rely on the support of my teammates and the staff. Given the circumstances I’m happy with my first season as a pro. »
In May the former winner of Liège-Bastogne-Liège U23 felt beter. « I think my season really started in the Rhône-Alpes Isère Tour. The Critérium du Dauphiné was a success. I continued my momentum in the Tour of Austria and the Tour de l’Ain. »
The French rider obviously learned a lot in his first professional season and is already looking forward to the next season. « I see my first season as the foundation for next year. Everything is optimized for the performance. Next year I hope to ride a full season without injury. I want to be good in the Ardennes Classics and I dream, like the entire team, of participating in a Grand Tour », he concluded.