IRISH RIDER WON TWO GRAND TOUR STAGES FOR ISN
“SOME OF THE MOST MEMORABLE MOMENTS OF MY CAREER”
ADAMS: “YOU WILL ALWAYS BE AN ISN RIDER”
Dan Martin has announced his retirement as a pro cyclist. The Irishman has made a huge mark on the Israel Start-Up Nation team in these first two years of the team’s existence, and will be sorely missed.
The 35-year old, whose next race is the upcoming Tour of Britain, will ride the Giro di Lombardia as his last race.
“These past two seasons with ISN have been some of the most enjoyable moments of my cycling career,” he said. “Together, we have achieved some incredible results that even I didn’t realize were possible such as my 4th in the GC at the Vuelta in 2020.”
Dan led the team in four of its Grand Tours in 2020 and 2021. He was our team captain in the belated 2020 Tour de France – only two weeks after suffering a sacral fracture. Later in the year he had a spectacular Vuelta a Espana, winning a stage, and finishing fourth overall. This year he rode the Giro d’Italia for only the third time in his 14-year career, finishing 10th overall and again, winning a stage with a difficult mountaintop finish. He also rode the Tour de France this year.
“Seeing the happiness those victories bought to so many people in this organization was the best moment as they were truly earned by everybody,” he said.
Team owner Sylvan Adams called it “a bittersweet moment. Dan has been one of the great riders in our sport for many years, animating races, earning a palmares of victories in classics and Grand Tours. Dan brought a style and standard of racing to ISN that we will try to emulate, made all the more difficult without him in next year’s lineup.
“I am truly sorry that Dan won’t be racing with us next year, but understand and respect his decision. Dan will always be a member of the ISN family. We wish him luck in his future endeavours.”
Dan repeated the family theme, saying, “ISN really became like my family these past two years and leaving this group of people made my decision even more difficult. We’ve lived some incredible moments together from my first experience of Israel during our camp in December 2019 to the victories we have achieved.
“I am really grateful to team owners Sylvan Adam’s and Ron Baron for the opportunity to have been a part of this team and all the team sponsors for their support. A special thank you to all the team staff and riders whose great spirit made every moment together, even the tough times, special. I look forward to continuing the story in the next races and I wish the team the very best in the future.”
Team manager Kjell Carlstrom noted “Dan came onboard ISN at a crucial moment just before we turned WorldTour. He expressed confidence in the project and for sure has played an important role in building the image that we have today.
“I hope Dan will get some great results to finish off a long and successful professional cycling career and wish Dan all the best with any upcoming endeavors!”
— Sjors Beukeboom to israelcyclingacademy.com