>>>Daniel Martin rider profile

Dan Martin is ‘the one that got away’ for British Cycling as he took out Irish nationality following a lack of support from the track focused British system when he entered the under-23 ranks. Having gone is own way in the French amateur system with support from his family and the Dave Raynor fund, he turned pro for Jonathan Vaughters Garmin-Chipotle team in 2008 and has stayed with them ever since.

Although he has always shown glimpses of his potential, it wasn’t until 2013 that he made his break-through, winning the Volta a Catalunya, Liege-Bastogne-Liege and stage nine of the Tour de France. However, you only have to look at his heritage to realise he was destined for great things. Son of british pro Neil Martin, his mother is the sister of Stephen Roche and his cousin is Tinkoff Saxo rider Nicolas Roche.

Major results: 2010 Tour of Poland | 2013 Volta a Catalunya | 2013 Liege-Bastogne-Liege | 2013 TdF

Dan Martin at the 2014 Tour of Beijing

Dan Martin’s Tour of Beijing panda helmet

Dan Martin will take to the startline at the Tour of Beijing tomorrow wearing a special edition panda themed POC Octal helmet to celebrate Garmin-Sharp’s partnership with wildlife charity WWF.…

Tiananmen Square, Tour of Beijing 2012, stage one

2014 Tour of Beijing route revealed

Tour of Beijing organisers have dubbed the route for the 2014 event as the hardest yet with a bolstered queen stage featuring in the four-day race. The tour is the…