Dan Martin: I've proved, mainly to myself, that I can contest a Grand Tour

GRAND COLOMBIER FRANCE AUGUST 09 Daniel Martin of Ireland and Team Israel StartUp Nation during the 32nd Tour de LAin 2020 Stage 3 a 145km stage from Saint Vulbas to Grand Colombier 1501m tourdelain TOURDELAIN TDA on August 09 2020 in Grand Colombier France Photo by Justin SetterfieldGetty Images
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Dan Martin's fourth place overall and stage win in the Vuelta a España represented his best-ever return in a three-week race and the Irishman will look to build on that momentum as he prepares for 2021 and the chance to lead the line with Chris Froome at Israel Start-Up Nation.

Martin signed for Israel Start-Up Nation on the back of a disappointing final season at UAE Team Emirates in 2019. He arrived at his new squad with the main aim of competing in the one-day races and possibly targeting one of cycling’s Grand Tours, but aiming for overall success over three weeks wasn’t the bedrock of his initial ambitions.

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Daniel Benson

Daniel Benson was the Editor in Chief at Cyclingnews.com between 2008 and 2022. Based in the UK, he joined the Cyclingnews team in 2008 as the site's first UK-based Managing Editor. In that time, he reported on over a dozen editions of the Tour de France, several World Championships, the Tour Down Under, Spring Classics, and the London 2012 Olympic Games. With the help of the excellent editorial team, he ran the coverage on Cyclingnews and has interviewed leading figures in the sport including UCI Presidents and Tour de France winners.