Dan Martin (cyclist)
Martin at the 2016 Tour of Britain
|Full name||Daniel Martin|
|Born||20 August 1986|
Birmingham, England, United Kingdom
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Weight||59 kg (130 lb; 9 st 4 lb)|
|Current team||UAE Team Emirates|
|2006–2007||Vélo-Club La Pomme Marseille|
|2018–||UAE Team Emirates|
Daniel Martin (born 20 August 1986) is an Irish professional road racing cyclist, who currently rides for UCI WorldTeam UAE Team Emirates. Born and raised in England, Martin represents Ireland in competition through his Irish mother.
Since turning professional in 2008, Martin has participated in two Olympic Games, and won stages of the 2013 Tour de France and the 2018 Tour de France. Martin has also won a stage at the 2011 Vuelta a España,, and winning the overall classification at the 2010 Tour de Pologne and the 2013 Volta a Catalunya. 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.
Early life and amateur career
Martin was born on 20 August 1986 in Birmingham, England, United Kingdom. Martin is the son of Neil Martin, a former British professional cyclist, and Maria Martin (née Roche) from Ireland, the sister of 1987 Triple Crown winner, Stephen Roche, father of professional cyclist Nicolas Roche. He was born five weeks premature and suffered from asthma as a child. Martin grew up in Tamworth, Staffordshire, and was educated at St Francis of Assisi Catholic Technology College. 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.
Martin turned professional in 2008 with Garmin–Chipotle p/b 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 Vuelta a España. In 2010, he won his first UCI ProTour stage race, the Tour of Poland. 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 break-out 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 mountains jersey for stages ten and eleven. 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 achieving 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. Martin gained the leader's jersey the following day, and won overall classification four days later. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. However, in the opening team time trial, Martin crashed, breaking his collarbone; he subsequently abandoned the race. He skipped the Tour de France to focus on the Vuelta a España; he placed seventh overall. In October, Martin won the Giro di Lombardia; he attacked in the final kilometre, and soloed to the finish, winning by one second. Martin won Stage 4, and placed second overall, behind BMC Racing Team's Philippe Gilbert of Belgium, at the season-ending Tour of Beijing. Martin finished ninth in the UCI World Rankings (316 points); Ireland placed fourteenth in the national rankings (357 points).
In March, Martin came in tenth position of the Volta a Catalunya. He participated to Liège–Bastogne–Liège, but was caught in a pile-up and had to abandon all hopes of winning the race. He participated to the Tour de Romandie (finishing 104th) where he complained of chest pain, but only after the race was it found that he had two broken ribs, a result of his crash at Liège.
On Stage 11 of the Tour de France, Martin rode across a three-minute gap on the Col d'Aspin to the breakaway. He then led over the top of the climb. However Rafal Majka, part of the breakaway, attacked the group on the Col du Tourmalet. Martin went over the climb in third place. He rode with Emanuel Buchmann for a while before going solo to catch Majka. He passed Serge Pauwels but he could not quite get to Majka. He won the Combativity award for the stage.
Martin enjoyed success in his first race with his new team, winning the second stage of the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana, his first win for over a year. He took another win against a strong field in the Volta a Catalunya, going on to finish third overall. He went on to Belgium to race in the Ardennes classics, where his best result was a third place at La Flèche Wallonne.
Martin's first significant result of the season was a stage win at the Volta ao Algarve. In April, he placed second to Alejandro Valverde in both La Flèche Wallonne and Liège–Bastogne–Liège. In June, his late attack in the final stage lifted him to the podium, in third place, of the Critérium du Dauphiné, overtaking Chris Froome by a single second.
I guess the organisers got what they wanted. I don’t think anyone want to takes risks, but it was so slippy out there. Richie just lost it on one corner, locked his back wheel and there was nowhere to go. I was lucky to come away with what i did.
Despite back pain, finding it hard to walk and not being able to get out of his saddle at times, he went on to finish the race sixth in the general classification, only learning afterwards that he had fractured two vertebrae in the crash. The injury forced him to miss the Clásica de San Sebastián.
In August 2017, Martin announced that he was joining UAE Team Emirates, on a two-year contract, for the 2018 season.  Martin had turned down an offer to ride for Team Sky, as he would not be a team leader in Grand Tours. He had also received interest from Bora–Hansgrohe, BMC Racing Team, Team Katusha–Alpecin and Trek–Segafredo. He made his debut for UAE Team Emirates at the Volta ao Algarve. Martin placed fourth on stage 2 of the Volta ao Algarve, by losing out on a sprint finsh to Michał Kwiatkowski, he went on to finish 14th overall.
At Paris–Nice, Martin abandoned the race due to bad weather conditions and illness on Stage 7, Martin had lost time on the previous stage due to a mechanical problem with his bike. At the Volta a Catalunya Martin fell behind on Stage 4 to La Molina, finishing 1 minute 29 seconds behind stage winner Alejandro Valverde, in 19th place.
He took his first win of the season with a stage win at the Critérium du Dauphiné. On 12 July Martin won the second Tour de France stage of his career by winning stage 6 of the 2018 Tour de France at Mûr-de-Bretagne. He was named the most combative at the Tour de France overall.
Martin holds both British and Irish citizenship. Since turning professional, Martin resides in Girona, Catalonia, Spain. He is married to British distance runner Jess Martin. In September 2018 their twin girls, Daisy and Ella Martin, were born.
- 1st Road race, British National Junior Road Championships
- 1st Overall Junior Tour of Wales
- 2nd Overall Giro della Valle d'Aosta
- 1st Stage 6 (ITT)
- 2nd Road race, National Under–23 Road Championships
- 1st Overall Tour de Savoie Mont Blanc
- Giro della Valle d'Aosta
- 4th Overall Ronde de l'Isard
- 1st Road race, National Road Championships
- 1st Road race, National Under–23 Road Championships
- 1st Overall Route du Sud
- 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
- 8th Giro di Lombardia
- 1st Overall Tour de Pologne
- 1st Stage 5
- 1st Tre Valli Varesine
- 1st Japan Cup
- Halfords Tour Series
- 1st Criterium
- 1st Sprints
- 2nd Giro dell'Emilia
- 3rd Overall Brixia Tour
- 3rd Road race, National Road Championships
- 1st Giro di Toscana
- 1st Stage 9 Vuelta a España
- 2nd Overall Tour de Pologne
- 1st Stage 6
- 2nd Giro di Lombardia
- 2nd Road race, National Road Championships
- 3rd Overall Tour of Catalunya
- 3rd Memorial Marco Pantani
- 8th UCI World Tour
- 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
- 6th UCI World Tour
- 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
- 9th UCI World Tour
- 7th Overall Critérium du Dauphiné
- 7th Clásica de San Sebastián
- 10th Overall Volta a Catalunya
- 1st Stage 2 Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana
- 3rd Overall Volta a Catalunya
- 1st Stage 3
- 3rd La Flèche Wallonne
- 3rd Overall Critérium du Dauphiné
- 9th Overall Tour de France
- 10th UCI World Tour
- 2nd Liège–Bastogne–Liège
- 2nd La Flèche Wallonne
- 3rd Overall Paris–Nice
- 3rd Overall Critérium du Dauphiné
- 5th Overall Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana
- 6th Overall Tour de France
- 6th Overall Volta ao Algarve
- 1st Stage 2
- 6th Overall Volta a Catalunya
- 8th UCI World Tour
- 4th Overall Critérium du Dauphiné
- 1st Stage 5
- 8th Overall Tour de France
- 1st Stage 6
- Combativity award Overall
- 9th Giro di Lombardia
- 10th Overall Tour de Romandie
- 4th Overall Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana
- 7th Overall UAE Tour
General classification results timeline
|Grand Tour general classification results timeline|
|Tour de France||—||—||—||—||35||33||—||39||9||6||8|
|Vuelta a España||—||53||—||13||—||DNF||7||DNF||—||—||DNF|
|Major stage race general classification results|
|Volta a Catalunya||24||2||—||2||4||1||16||10||3||6||38|
|Tour of the Basque Country||—||—||14||DNF||DNF||—||11||—||DNF||—||—|
|Tour de Romandie||—||58||—||—||14||—||—||104||—||—||10|
|Critérium du Dauphiné||—||32||—||33||106||—||—||7||3||3||4|
|Tour de Suisse||—||—||—||—||—||8||—||—||—||—||—|
Classics results timeline
|Milan–San Remo||Has not contested during career|
|Tour of Flanders|
|Giro di Lombardia||—||8||DNF||2||16||4||1||52||48||36||9|
|Amstel Gold Race||—||DNF||—||—||DNF||75||DNF||15||—||DNF||DNF|
|La Flèche Wallonne||—||56||17||DNF||6||4||2||DNF||3||2||61|
|Clásica de San Sebastián||—||—||—||—||18||—||25||7||12||—||12|
|—||Did not compete|
|DNF||Did not finish|
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Andorra based Olympian Jess Martin (nee Andrews) was the pick of the Brits in action in Spain on Sunday, as she finished fifth in this IAAF Permit Race.[permanent dead link]
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