Dan Martin (cyclist)
Martin at the 2012 Japan Cup
|Full name||Daniel Martin|
20 August 1986 |
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Weight||59 kg (130 lb; 9.3 st)|
|Vélo-Club La Pomme Marseille
|Infobox last updated on
2 June 2014
His most notable achievements include winning a stage at the 2013 Tour de France, winning a stage at the 2011 Vuelta a España, and winning the overall classification at both the 2010 Tour de Pologne, and the 2013 Volta a Catalunya. In single-day races, he met success at the 2010 Japan Cup, the 2010 Tre Valli Varesine, the 2011 Giro di Toscana, and the 2013 Liège–Bastogne–Liège.
Early life and amateur career
Martin was born on 20 August 1986 in Birmingham, England. Martin is the son of Neil Martin, a former British professional cyclist, and Maria Martin (née Roche) from Ireland, the sister of 1987 Tour de France winner, Stephen Roche, father of professional cyclist Nicolas Roche. Martin became the British under-18 national road race champion in 2004, however, in 2006, Martin decided to ride for Ireland. In 2005, he joined the French amateur team, Vélo-Club La Pomme Marseille, winning the mountains classification in the Ronde de l'Isard.
Martin turned professional in 2008 with Garmin-Chipotle-H30. That year he won the Route du Sud, and became the Irish National Road Race Champion. The next year, Martin reached a UCI World Ranking of thirty-fifth (with 137 points), and rode his first Grand Tour, the 2009 Giro d'Italia. In 2010, he won his first UCI ProTour stage race, the Tour of Poland. This performance meant he finished forty-ninth in that year's UCI World Ranking with 106 points, which also helped Ireland to seventeenth place in the nation rankings (254 points).
In 2011, Martin had his best season to date. He won his first Grand Tour stage during the Vuelta a España, and became the first Irishman to hold the mountains classification (he wore the KoM jersey for stages ten & eleven). Martin also won a stage in the Tour of Poland, but narrowly missed out on defending the general classification. With a second place in the season-ending Giro di Lombardia, Martin finished in ninth place in the UCI World Rankings with 286 points, helping Ireland to thirteenth place in the nation rankings (319 points).
Whilst no wins in 2012, Martin still maintained a high UCI World Ranking of sixteenth at the end of season with 196 points.
In March 2013, Martin rode in an all day breakaway to win stage four of the Volta a Catalunya, which was his third World Tour stage victory. Martin also gained the leaders jersey the next day, and went on to win the overall classification four days later. In April, Martin finished fourth in La Flèche Wallonne, and the following weekend he won Liège–Bastogne–Liège, beating Team Katusha's Joaquim Rodríguez. Martin had ample time to celebrate his victory as he had dropped Rodríguez on the final climb, and soloed to the finish line. Martin's excellent early season form continued at the Tour de Suisse where he placed eighth overall.
Martin was selected to ride the 2013 Tour de France as one of three possible leaders of Garmin-Sharp along with Ryder Hesjedal and Andrew Talansky. On Stage 8, finishing at Ax 3 Domaines, Talansky and Martin finished together, twelfth and thirtieth, respectively, to sit twelfth and thirteenth overall. The following day, Martin won Stage 9 in Bagnères-de-Bigorre, after escaping from the lead group with Astana's Jakob Fuglsang on the final climb. He out sprinted Fuglsang in the final kilometre to win the stage. Martin moved up to eighth overall in the process. However, Martin fell ill in the final week, and following the final three mountain stages, slipped to thirty-third overall.
Martin completed the 2013 season with a fourth place finish in the Giro di Lombardia, and a second place finish in the Tour of Beijing. Thus setting a career high of sixth place in the UCI World Rankings (432 points).
Martin finished second in La Flèche Wallonne, narrowly losing out to Alejandro Valverde. Martin looked well placed to defend his Liège–Bastogne–Liège title, sitting in second place in the final 200 metres, but crashed on the very last corner of the classic as Simon Gerrans avoided him to sprint to victory.
Martin's focus in 2014 was the Giro d'Italia, which started in Belfast, Northern Ireland. However, in the opening team time trial, Martin crashed, breaking his collarbone, and had to abandon the race.
- 1st, British Under-18 National Road Race Championships
- 2nd, Overall, Giro della Valle d'Aosta
- 1st, Stage 6 (ITT)
- 2nd, Irish National Under-23 Road Race Championships
- Giro della Valle d'Aosta
- 1st, Overall, Route du Sud
- 1st, Irish National Road Race Championships
- 1st, Irish National Under-23 Road Race Championships
- 4th, Overall, Tour of Britain
- 6th, Route Adélie de Vitré
- 8th, Overall, Correios de Portugal
- 10th, Overall, Volta a Portugal
- 2nd, Overall, Volta a Catalunya
- 3rd, Overall, Tour Méditerranéen
- 5th, GP Ouest France - Plouay
- 8th, Giro di Lombardia
- 1st, Tre Valli Varesine
- 1st, Overall, Tour of Poland
- 1st, Stage 5
- 1st, Japan Cup
- 1st, Halfords Tour Series, Criterium
- 1st, Halfords Tour Series, Sprints
- 2nd, Giro dell'Emilia
- 3rd, Overall, Brixia Tour
- 3rd, Irish National Road Race Championships
- 1st, Giro di Toscana
- 1st, Stage 9, Vuelta a España
- 2nd, Overall, Tour of Poland
- 1st, Stage 6
- 2nd, Giro di Lombardia
- 2nd, Irish National Road Race Championships
- 3rd, Overall, Tour of Catalunya
- 3rd, Memorial Marco Pantani
- 2nd, Japan Cup
- 4th, Overall, Tour of Beijing
- 4th, Overall, Tour of Catalunya
- 5th, Liège–Bastogne–Liège
- 6th, La Flèche Wallonne
- 1st, Overall, Volta a Catalunya
- 1st, Stage 4
- 1st, Liège–Bastogne–Liège
- 1st, Stage 9, Tour de France
- 2nd, Overall, Tour of Beijing
- 4th, Giro di Lombardia
- 4th, La Flèche Wallonne
- 8th, Overall, Tour de Suisse
- 2nd, La Flèche Wallonne
Grand Tour general classification results timeline:
WD = Withdrew; IP = In Progress.
Selected classics results timeline:
|Year||La Flèche Wallonne||Liège–Bastogne–Liège||Giro di Lombardia|
WD = Withdrew.
- Gallagher, Brendan (28 August 2011). "Vuelta a España 2011, stage nine: Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome put themselves into overall contention". London: The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 29 August 2011.
- "Daniel Martin profile". Retrieved 26 December 2013.
- "Team Garmin-Sharp-Barracuda Unveils 2013 Roster". Garmin-Sharp (Boulder, Colorado: Slipstream Sports LLC). 28 December 2012. Retrieved 6 January 2013.
- Cromwell, Gerard (29 August 2011). "Martin claims maiden Grand Tour stage victory in style". Irish Independent. Retrieved 30 August 2011.
- John MacLeary (8 August 2010). "Tour of Poland 2010: Dan Martin wins his maiden UCI ProTour stage race in Krakow". The Daily Telegraph (Telegraph Media Group Limited). Retrieved 22 April 2013.
- "Dan Martin reigns supreme in Catalunya". RTÉ Sport. 24 March 2013. Retrieved 25 March 2013.
- Brown, Gregor (21 April 2013). "Dan Martin's Liege win is a 'dream come true'". Cycling Weekly (IPC Media). Retrieved 21 April 2013.
- "Daniel Martin: Rider Profile". Cycling Weekly (IPC Media). 29 August 2011. Retrieved 19 July 2013.
- McGrath, Andy (30 December 2011). "Dan Martin looking for more success in 2012". Cycling Weekly (IPC Media). Retrieved 19 July 2013.
- "Roche expects big things for Dan Martin in Tour de France". Cyclingnews.com (Future plc). 25 June 2013. Retrieved 19 July 2013.
- "Gutsy Vuelta stage win for Martin". RTÉ Sport. 28 August 2011. Retrieved 30 August 2011.
- "Dan Martin wins queen stage of Catalunya". Cycling News. 21 March 2013. Retrieved 25 March 2013.
- "Tour de France 2013: Dan Martin wins stage nine — as it happened". Guardian. 7 July 2013. Retrieved 8 July 2013.
- "Stage 9 as it happened". BBC Sport. 7 July 2013. Retrieved 8 July 2013.
- Ryan, Barry (7 July 2013). "Martin victorious in Bagnères-de-Bigorre". Cyclingnews.com (Future plc). Retrieved 7 July 2013.
- "Dan Martin surges to victory in mountains as Team Sky flounder". Guardian UK. 7 July 2013. Retrieved 8 July 2013.
- "Dan Martin’s Diary, Stage 18: Everything changes when you are sick". Dan Martin. 19 July 2013. Retrieved 19 July 2013.
- Shane Stokes (20 July 2013). "Dan Martin ‘in survival mode,’ aiming simply to make it to Paris". VeloNation (VeloNation LLC). Retrieved 20 July 2013.
- Ben Atkins (8 October 2013). "Irishman hoping to take the "opportunity" to meet a real panda after Liège final kilometre". VeloNation (VeloNation LLC). Retrieved 24 October 2013.
- O'Shea, Sadhbh (14 October 2013). "Martin satisfied with second at the Tour of Beijing". Cyclingnews.com (Future plc). Retrieved 24 October 2013.
- Fotheringham, William (9 May 2014). "Daniel Martin's homecoming ends abruptly on Giro time trial in Belfast". The Guardian (Guardian Media Group). Retrieved 2 June 2014.
- "Dan Martin at Garmin-Sharp". Garmin-Sharp (Boulder, Colorado: Slipstream Sports LLC). 1 January 2014. Retrieved 4 January 2014.
- "Daniel Martin at Cycling Base". Cycling Base. Retrieved 6 January 2013.
- "Daniel Martin at Cycling Archives". Cycling Archives. Retrieved 7 March 2013.
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