Martin secures seventh as Contador claims Vuelta

Ireland’s Dan Martin finished a career best in a Grand Tour yesterday when he finished seventh overall at the Vuelta A Espana.

Martin secures seventh as Contador claims Vuelta

The Garmin-SHARP rider was well down in 122nd on the final stage yesterday — a 9.7 kilometre time trial in Santiago de Compostela, won by Adriano Malori (Movistar) from Jesse Sergeant (Trek Factory Racing) and Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing)

Martin will now turn his attention to the UCI World Championships in Ponferrada on Sunday week.

The race was won by Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) with Team Sky’s Chris Froome in second and Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) third. Martin’s deficit to Contador was 10:38.

Meanwhile, Nicolas Roche finished a superb fifth overall at the Tour of Britain, the Irishman finishing 42 seconds down on race winner Dylan Van Baarle (Garmin-SHARP).

Yesterday’s final day saw the riders tackle split stages, with a time-trial in the morning followed by a circuit race in the afternoon.

Former Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins (Sky) romped to victory in the time trial, beating Sylvain Chavanel (IAM Cycling) and Stephen Cummings (BMC Racing) by eight and nine seconds respectively. Ryan Mullen (An Post Chain Reaction) was best of the Irish, in seventh. The evening stage went to Germany’s Marcel Kittel (Giant Shimano) who edged Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma Quick-Step) and Nicola Ruffoni (Bardiani CSF). Mullen was also best of the Irish here in 27th, in the same time as Kittel.

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