Dan Martin is ‘the one that got away’ for British Cycling as he took out Irish nationality following a lack of support from the track focused British system when he entered the under-23 ranks.
Having gone is own way in the French amateur system with support from his family and the Dave Raynor fund, he turned pro for Jonathan Vaughters’ Garmin-Chipotle team in 2008 and has stayed with them until leaving for Belgian squad Etixx – Quick-Step for 2016.
Although he has always shown glimpses of his potential (including a stage win at the 2011 Vuelta a España), it wasn’t until 2013 that he made his break-through, winning the Volta a Catalunya, Liege-Bastogne-Liege and stage nine of the Tour de France. Since then, he’s added his Monument tally with victory at the 2014 Il Lombardia
However, you only have to look at his heritage to realise he was destined for great things. Son of british pro Neil Martin, his mother is the sister of Stephen Roche and his cousin is Team Sky rider Nicolas Roche.