Dan Martin (cyclist)

Daniel John Martin (born 20 August 1986) is an Irish professional road racing cyclist, who currently rides for UCI WorldTeam Israel Start-Up Nation.[6] Born and raised in England, Martin represents Ireland in competition through his Irish mother.

Daniel Martin
Dan Martin.jpg
Martin at the 2016 Tour of Britain
Personal information
Full nameDaniel John Martin
Born (1986-08-20) 20 August 1986 (age 34)
Birmingham, England, United Kingdom[1]
Height1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)[2]
Weight62 kg (137 lb; 9 st 11 lb)[2]
Team information
Current teamIsrael Start-Up Nation
Rider type
  • Climber
  • Puncheur
Amateur teams
2006–2007Vélo-Club La Pomme Marseille
2007Slipstream–Chipotle (stagiaire)
Professional teams
2018–2019UAE Team Emirates[4][5]
2020–Israel Start-Up Nation
Major wins
Grand Tours
Tour de France
2 individual stages (2013, 2018)
Combativity award (2018)
Vuelta a España
2 individual stages (2011, 2020)

Stage races

Tour de Pologne (2010)
Volta a Catalunya (2013)
Route du Sud (2008)

One-day races and Classics

National Road Race Championships (2008)
Liège–Bastogne–Liège (2013)
Giro di Lombardia (2014)
Tre Valli Varesine (2010)
Japan Cup (2010)

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 stages of the 2011 and 2020 Vuelta a España,[7][8] and has won the overall classification at the 2010 Tour de Pologne[9] and the 2013 Volta a Catalunya.[10] 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.[11]

Early life and amateur careerEdit

Martin was born on 20 August 1986 in Birmingham, England, United Kingdom.[12] 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.[13][14] 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.[15] 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 careerEdit

Slipstream–Chipotle (2008–15)Edit

Early yearsEdit

Martin turned professional in 2008 with Slipstream–Chipotle. 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.[9] He finished forty-ninth in the 2010 UCI World Rankings (106 points); Ireland placed seventeenth in the national rankings (254 points).


Martin participating in the 2011 Critérium du Dauphiné.

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.[7][16] 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).


Martin riding to victory at the 2013 Liège–Bastogne–Liège

In March 2013, Martin won Stage 4 of the Volta a Catalunya; his fourth World Tour victory.[17] Martin gained the leader's jersey the following day, and won overall classification four days later.[10] 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.[11] 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 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.[18] 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.[19] He out sprinted Fuglsang in the final kilometre to win the stage.[20] Martin moved up to eighth overall in the process.[21] However, Martin fell ill in the final week, and following the final three mountain stages, slipped to thirty-third overall.[22][23]

Martin completed the 2013 season with a fourth-place finish in the Giro di Lombardia,[24] and a second-place finish in the Tour of Beijing.[25] 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 200 metres (660 feet) 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.[26] He skipped the Tour de France to focus on the Vuelta a España; he placed seventh overall.[27] In October, Martin won the Giro di Lombardia; he attacked in the final kilometre, and soloed to the finish, winning by one second.[28] Martin won Stage 4, and placed second overall, behind BMC Racing Team's Philippe Gilbert of Belgium, at the season-ending Tour of Beijing.[29] 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 at the Volta a Catalunya. He participated in Liège–Bastogne–Liège, but was caught in a pile-up and had to abandon all hopes of winning the race.[30] He participated in 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–Bastogne–Liège.[31] On Stage 11 of the Tour de France, Martin rode across a three-minute gap on the Col d'Aspin to the breakaway, and then led over the top of the climb. However Rafał Majka, part of the breakaway, attacked the group on the Col du Tourmalet; Martin went over the climb in third place, and 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, but he did win the Combativity award for the stage.

Etixx–Quick-Step (2016–17)Edit


Martin joined Etixx–Quick-Step on a two-year contract from 2016, with a focus on strengthening the team's squad for the Ardennes classics and competing as a contender in stage races.[32] 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.[33] He took another win against a strong field in the Volta a Catalunya,[34] going on to finish third overall.[35] He went on to Belgium to race in the Ardennes classics, where his best result was a third place at La Flèche Wallonne.[36]


Martin (front) at the 2017 Tour de France

Martin's first significant result of the season was a stage win at the Volta ao Algarve.[37] In April, he placed second to Alejandro Valverde in both La Flèche Wallonne and Liège–Bastogne–Liège.[38][39] 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.[40]

In the Tour de France, Martin was involved in a crash with Richie Porte in stage 9. In an interview at the end of the stage he said;

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.[41]

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.[42] The injury forced him to miss the Clásica de San Sebastián.

UAE Team Emirates (2018–19)Edit


In August 2017, Martin announced that he was joining UAE Team Emirates, on a two-year contract, for the 2018 season.[4] 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.[43] He made his debut for UAE Team Emirates at the Volta ao Algarve.[44] Martin placed fourth on stage 2 of the Volta ao Algarve, by losing out on a sprint finish to Michał Kwiatkowski;[45] he went on to finish 14th overall.

At Paris–Nice, Martin abandoned the race due to bad weather conditions and illness on Stage 7,[46] Martin had lost time on the previous stage due to a mechanical problem with his bike.[47] 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.[48] He took his first win of the season with a stage win at the Critérium du Dauphiné. On 12 July Martin won his second Tour de France stage, winning stage 6 at Mûr-de-Bretagne.[49][50] He was named the most combative rider of the Tour de France.[51]

Israel Start-Up NationEdit

In August 2019, it was announced that Martin would be joining the Israel Cycling Academy team, later renamed as Israel Start-Up Nation, on a two-year contract.[52]

On 22 October 2020, after finishing 3rd in each of the first two stages, he won Stage 3 of the 2020 Vuelta a España, a result that also took him up from 3rd to 2nd in the General classification, as well as from 3rd to 2nd in the Points classification and from 7th to 2nd in the Mountains classification; he eventually finished 4th in the General classification, 3rd in the Points classification, and 10th in the Mountains classification.[8][53]


Martin holds both British and Irish citizenship.[12] Since turning professional, Martin resides in Girona, Catalonia, Spain.[54] He is married to British distance runner Jess Martin.[55][56] In September 2018 their twin girls, Daisy and Ella Martin, were born.

Career achievementsEdit

Major resultsEdit

1st   Road race, British National Junior Road Championships
1st   Overall Junior Tour of Wales
9th Overall Ronde de l'Isard
2nd Road race, National Under-23 Road Championships
2nd Overall Giro della Valle d'Aosta
1st Stage 6 (ITT)
6th Trofeo Internazionale Bastianelli
8th Overall Ronde de l'Isard
1st   Overall Tour des Pays de Savoie
1st Stage 4
4th Overall Ronde de l'Isard
5th Overall Giro della Valle d'Aosta
1st   Points classification
1st Stage 2
9th Trofeo Internazionale Bastianelli
National Road Championships
1st   Road race
1st   Under-23 road race
1st   Overall Route du Sud
4th Overall Tour of Britain
6th Route Adélie de Vitré
8th Overall GP CTT Correios de Portugal
10th Overall Volta a Portugal
2nd Overall Volta a Catalunya
3rd Overall Tour Méditerranéen
1st   Young rider classification
5th GP Ouest–France
8th Giro di Lombardia
1st   Overall Tour de Pologne
1st Stage 5
1st Tre Valli Varesine
1st Japan Cup
Tour Series Ireland, Dublin
1st Criterium
1st Sprints
2nd Giro dell'Emilia
3rd Road race, National Road Championships
3rd Overall Brixia Tour
1st Giro di Toscana
1st Stage 9 Vuelta a España
2nd Road race, National Road Championships
2nd Overall Tour de Pologne
1st Stage 6
2nd Giro di Lombardia
3rd Overall Tour of Catalunya
3rd Memorial Marco Pantani
8th UCI World Tour
2nd Japan Cup
4th Overall Tour of Beijing
1st   Mountains classification
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 Overall Critérium du Dauphiné
3rd La Flèche Wallonne
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
2nd Overall Tour of the Basque Country
4th Overall Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana
5th Gran Piemonte
7th Overall UAE Tour
8th Overall Critérium du Dauphiné
4th Overall Vuelta a España
1st Stage 3
4th Overall Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana
5th La Flèche Wallonne

General classification results timelineEdit

Grand Tour general classification results timeline
Grand Tour 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
  Giro d'Italia 57 DNF
  Tour de France 35 33 39 9 6 8 18 41
 /  Vuelta a España 53 13 DNF 7 DNF DNF 4
Major stage race general classification results
Race 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
  Paris–Nice DNF 69 3 DNF
  Tirreno–Adriatico 20 55 25
  Volta a Catalunya 24 2 2 4 1 16 10 3 6 38 23 NH
  Tour of the Basque Country 14 DNF DNF DNF 2
  Tour de Romandie 58 14 104 10
  Critérium du Dauphiné 32 33 106 7 3 3 4 8 DNF
  Tour de Suisse 8 NH

Classics results timelineEdit

Monument 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Milan–San Remo Has not contested during his career
Tour of Flanders
Liège–Bastogne–Liège 118 99 58 DNF 5 1 39 DNF 47 2 18 DNF 11
Giro di Lombardia DNF 8 DNF 2 16 4 1 52 48 36 9 18
Classic 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Amstel Gold Race DNF 75 DNF DNF 15 DNF DNF NH
La Flèche Wallonne 56 17 DNF 6 4 2 DNF 3 2 61 DNF 5
Clásica de San Sebastián 18 25 7 12 12 32 NH
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish


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