Dan Martin (cyclist)

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Dan Martin
Dan Martin, Japan Cup 2012 (cropped).jpg
Martin at the 2012 Japan Cup
Personal information
Full name Daniel Martin
Born (1986-08-20) 20 August 1986 (age 28)
Birmingham, England, United Kingdom[1]
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)[2]
Weight 59 kg (130 lb; 9.3 st)[2]
Team information
Current team Cannondale-Garmin
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type Climber
Amateur team(s)
2006–2007 Vélo-Club La Pomme Marseille
2007 Slipstream-Chipotle
Professional team(s)
2008– Slipstream-Chipotle
Major wins

Grand Tours

Tour de France
1 individual stage (2013)
Vuelta a España
1 individual stage (2011)

Stage races

Tour de Pologne (2010)
Volta a Catalunya (2013)

One-day races and Classics

National Road Race Championships (2008)
National Under-23 Road Race Championships (2008)
Liège–Bastogne–Liège (2013)
Giro di Lombardia (2014)
Infobox last updated on
6 January 2015

Daniel "Dan" Martin (born 20 August 1986) is an Irish professional road racing cyclist who rides for UCI ProTeam Cannondale-Garmin.[3]

His accomplishments include winning a stage at the 2011 Vuelta a España,[4] winning a stage at the 2013 Tour de France, and winning the overall classification at the 2010 Tour de Pologne[5] and the 2013 Volta a Catalunya.[6] In one-day races, he won the 2010 Japan Cup, the 2010 Tre Valli Varesine, the 2011 Giro di Toscana, the 2013 Liège–Bastogne–Liège, and the 2014 Giro di Lombardia.[7]

Early life and amateur career[edit]

Martin was born on 20 August 1986 in Birmingham, England, United Kingdom.[8] 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.[9][10] 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, and won the mountains classification in the Ronde de l'Isard.

Professional career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Martin participating in the 2011 Critérium du Dauphiné.

Martin turned professional in 2008 with Garmin-Chipotle-H30. In 2008, he won the Route du Sud and the Irish National Road Race Championships. In 2009, Martin reached a UCI World Rankings of thirty-fifth (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.[5] He finished forty-ninth in the 2010 UCI World Rankings (106 points); Ireland placed seventeenth in the national rankings (254 points).


2011 was Martin's breakout season. 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 and eleven.[4][11] Martin won Stage 6 and finished second overall, behind Slovak Peter Sagan of Liquigas-Cannondale, in the Tour of Poland. With a second place, behind Leopard Trek's Oliver Zaugg of Switzerland, in the season-ending Giro di Lombardia, Martin finished in ninth in the UCI World Rankings (286 points); Ireland placed thirteenth in the national rankings (319 points).


Whilst no wins in 2012, Martin placed sixteenth in UCI World Ranking (196 points); Ireland finished sixteenth in the national rankings (259 points).


In March 2013, Martin won Stage 4 of the Volta a Catalunya; his fourth World Tour victory.[12] Martin gained the leader's jersey the following day, and won overall classification four days later.[6] In April, Martin finished fourth in La Flèche Wallonne; the following weekend, he won Liège–Bastogne–Liège, beating Team Katusha's Joaquim Rodríguez of Spain.[7] Martin's form continued at the Tour de Suisse where he placed eighth overall.

Martin, along with his teammates Andrew Talansky and Ryder Hesjedal, rode the 2013 Tour de France as co-captains. On Stage 8, finishing at Ax 3 Domaines, Talansky and Martin finished together, twelfth and thirtieth, respectively, to sit twelfth and thirteenth overall.[13] The following day, Martin won Stage 9 in Bagnères-de-Bigorre, after escaping from the lead group with Dane Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) on the final climb.[14] He out sprinted Fuglsang in the final kilometre to win the stage.[15] Martin moved up to eighth overall in the process.[16] However, Martin fell ill in the final week, and following the final three mountain stages, slipped to thirty-third overall.[17][18]

Martin completed the 2013 season with a fourth place finish in the Giro di Lombardia,[19] and a second place finish in the Tour of Beijing.[20] Martin finished sixth in the UCI World Rankings (432 points); Ireland placed tenth in the national rankings (568 points).


Martin finished second in La Flèche Wallonne, behind Spaniard Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team). Martin looked well positioned in Liège–Bastogne–Liège, sitting in second place, but in the final two-hundred meters he crashed; Australian Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEDGE) was victorious.

Martin's primary focus was the Giro d'Italia, which started in Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom. However, in the opening team time trial, Martin crashed, breaking his collarbone; he subsequently abandoned the race.[21] He skipped the Tour de France to focus on the Vuelta a Espana; he placed seventh overall.[22] In October, Martin won the Giro di Lombardia; he attacked in the final kilometer, and soloed to the finish, winning by one second.[23] Martin won Stage 4, and placed second overall, behind BMC Racing Team's Philippe Gilbert of Belgium, at the season-ending Tour of Beijing.[24] Martin finished ninth in the UCI World Rankings (316 points); Ireland placed fourteenth in the national rankings (357 points).


Martin holds both British and Irish citizenship.[8] Since turning professional, Martin resides in Girona, Catalonia, Spain.[25]



1st, MaillotReinoUnido.PNG 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
Jersey green.svg Points classification
1st, Stage 2
1st, Overall, Jersey yellow.svg Route du Sud
1st, MaillotIrlanda.PNG Irish National Road Race Championships
1st, MaillotIrlanda.PNG 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
1st, Jersey white.svg Young rider classification
5th, GP Ouest France - Plouay
8th, Giro di Lombardia
1st, Tre Valli Varesine
1st, Overall, Jersey yellow.svg 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
1st, Jersey polkadot.svg Mountains classification
4th, Overall, Tour of Catalunya
5th, Liège–Bastogne–Liège
6th, La Flèche Wallonne
1st, Overall, MaillotVolta.png 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
1st, Giro di Lombardia
2nd, Overall, Tour of Beijing
1st, Stage 4
2nd, La Flèche Wallonne
3rd, Overall, Tour de l'Ain
7th, Overall, Vuelta a España
8th, Irish National Road Race Championships

Grand Tour general classification results timeline[edit]

Grand Tour 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Pink jersey Giro 57 WD
Yellow jersey Tour 35 33
red jersey Vuelta 53 13 WD 7
WD Withdrew
DSQ Disqualified
IP In Progress

Selected classics results timeline[edit]

Year La Flèche Wallonne Liège–Bastogne–Liège Giro di Lombardia
2008  — 118th  —
2009 56th 99th 8th
2010 17th 58th WD
2011 WD  — 2nd
2012 6th 5th 16th
2013 4th 1st 4th
2014 2nd 39th 1st
WD Withdrew
DSQ Disqualified
IP In Progress


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