Dan Martin takes first win in two years at Vuelta a España

VINUESA SPAIN OCTOBER 22 Sprint Arrival Daniel Martin of Ireland and Team Israel StartUp Nation Green Points Jersey Richard Carapaz of Ecuador and Team INEOS Grenadiers Polka Dot Mountain Jersey Primoz Roglic of Slovenia and Team Jumbo Visma Red Leader Jersey during the 75th Tour of Spain 2020 Stage 3 a 1661km stage from Lodosa to La Laguna Negra Vinuesa 1735m lavuelta LaVuelta20 La Vuelta on October 22 2020 in Vinuesa Spain Photo by David RamosGetty Images
Dan Martin (Israel Start-Up Nation) heads to the stage win in the Vuelta a Espana (Image credit: David Ramos/Getty Images)

It’s been a long wait for Dan Martin, who until today had to trawl all the way back to the 2018 Tour de France and stage 6 on the Mur de Bretagne to find his last win, but on stage 3 of the Vuelta a España the Irishman’s drought ended with a well-timed hilltop sprint against Primož Roglič (Jumbo Visma) and Richard Carapaz (Ineos Grenadiers).

The win at La Laguna Negra de Vinuesa after another grueling GC day at the Vuelta also vaulted Martin four seconds closer to Roglič’s race lead, with the Israel Start-Up Nation now just five seconds off the Jumbo rider’s lead and in second place. 

However, the small steps made in terms of the overall standing were overshadowed by the relief that washed over Martin at the finish line. In the last two years, he has endured bad luck, crashes, and several injuries that have robbed him of his best form at the most inopportune moments. 

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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.