...So you question his intelligence because he can read a race, train well and win without devices?
I'll just wait for the third sigh shall I...
*sigh* I am going to question the ability to comprehend English... No, I question the intelligence in contradicting himself in the same paragraph, not expressing support over the sponsors product and not availing himself of said product. Again, racing and training by "instinct" and recording power data are not mutually exclusive.
The smart way to say it: "I don't use a power meter...... but I have one on my bike because its useful for the team doctors and coaches and the new Vector pedals barely weigh anything so I don't even notice its there."
...Is what he should have said, and probably should do.
I'll throw this one out there for everyone. What if Martin was actually GC material?
There is no doubt he's a talented rider. But what if he, like just about every other single athlete out there, actually trains too much and doesn't recover properly and comes into a lot of races overcooked. How would he know?
Power meters are great for w/kg pissing contests or boasting on Strava how many megawatts you produced but there is a rather sound science for the prolonged and extended capturing and analysing of power data. And there are lots of other great testing methods which can help as well - but not many can be strapped to the bike for races and training and record data for the whole damn thing day in, day out.
I think people like to romanticise things about cycling - they talk about "panache", "style", "instinct" blah blah blah and things like "science" and "devices" are bad. The truth is not as pretty unfortunately.
A lot of people don't like that.