BicycleDan Martin announces retirement at the end of 2021

Dan Martin announces retirement at the end of 2021

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SEGA DI ALA ITALY MAY 26 Daniel Martin of Ireland and Team Israel StartUp Nation stage winner celebrates at arrival during the 104th Giro dItalia 2021 Stage 17 a 193km stage from Canazei to Sega di Ala 1246m UCIworldtour girodiitalia Giro on May 26 2021 in Sega di Ala Italy Photo by Stuart FranklinGetty Images

Dan Martin (Israel Start-Up Nation) celebrates victory on Sega di Ala at the 2021 Giro d’Italia (Image credit: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
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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

Martin outsprints his fellow GC contenders to win stage 3 of the 2020 Vuelta a España (Image credit: David Ramos/Getty Images)
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MUR-DE-BRETAGNE GUERLEDAN, FRANCE - JULY 12: Arrival / Daniel Martin of Ireland and UAE Team Emirates / Celebration / Pierre Latour of France and Team AG2R La Mondiale / during 105th Tour de France 2018, Stage 6 a 181km stage from Brest to Mur-de-Bretagne Guerledan 293m / TDF / on July 12, 2018 in Mur-de-Bretagne Guerledan, France. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Martin (UAE Team Emirates) celebrates his Mûr-de-Bretagne stage win at the 2018 Tour de France (Image credit: Chris Graythen/Getty Image)
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Martin won Il Lombardia for Garmin-Sharp in 2014 (Image credit: Tim de Waele/Getty Images)
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A man dressed as a panda runs near Spains Joaquim Rodriguez Olivier of the Katusha team L and Irelands Daniel Martin of the GarminSharp team R who sprint to win the 99th edition of the LiegeBastogneLiege a 2615 km one day cycling race on April 21 2013 in Liege Martin won the race ahead of the secondplaced Rodriquez and the thirdplaced Valverde AFP PHOTO LIONEL BONAVENTURE Photo credit should read LIONEL BONAVENTUREAFP via Getty Images

His 2013 Liège-Bastogne-Liège win saw him best Joaquim Rodríguez (Image credit: Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty Images)
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Irish Daniel Martin of the GarminCervelo team celebrates as he crosses the finish line of the Ninth stage of the Vuelta tour of Spain in la Covatilla on August 28 2011 The stage was a 18300 km ride from Villacastin to la Sierra de Bejar AFP PHOTO JOSE JORDAN Photo credit should read JOSE JORDANAFP via Getty Images

Martin’s first Grand Tour stage win came at La Covatilla at the 2011 Vuelta (Image credit: Jose Jordan/AFP/Getty Images)
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The 2010 Tour de Pologne, Martin’s fourth pro victory and his first stage race win (Image credit: Tim de Waele/MS/Getty Images)

Israel Start-Up Nation rider Dan Martin has announced that he’s calling an end to his career at the end of the 2021 season, drawing to a close his 14-year stint in the professional peloton.

The Irishman, who has 22 pro wins to his name, said that he made the decision in order to “take on some exciting new challenges in life”, including focussing on new businesses and spending time with his family.

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