Congratulations to Olympian Dan Martin who took the best Irish result in Paris-Nice since his uncle (Stephen Roche) was runner-up in 1990, finishing third overall in the event on Sunday.
Martin had started the day second overall, 30 seconds behind the race leader Sergio Henao (Team Sky) but he and Henao were caught out by by Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo), with the double Tour de France winner gaining enough time to make him race leader on the road.
The Spaniard Henao finished second overall, with Martin 30 seconds behind in third.
While the Irish rider was hoping to be able to challenge for the overall victory, he will nonetheless be encouraged by his showing this week. He finished ninth overall in last year’s Tour de France and his latest performance confirms that he is one of the best stage race riders in the current peloton.