Dan Martin: I'm exiting the sport with my head held high. That's a really nice feeling

Dan Martin called an end to his career at Il Lombardia
Dan Martin called an end to his career at Il Lombardia (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

For Dan Martin, the moment arrived a little under 38 kilometres from Bergamo, when the late afternoon sun was dripping down like honey and the front group at Il Lombardia was gradually but inevitably falling apart.

As the gradient stiffened on the Passo di Gandia and the intensity ratcheted up another notch, one rider after another reached his breaking point and swung off. Martin had battled gamely on the earlier climbs, in the service of his friend and teammate Michael Woods as much as in pursuit of a fairytale coda to his career.

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Barry Ryan
Head of Features

Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation, published by Gill Books.