Irish cyclist Dan Martin announces retirement

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Dan Martin winning the Giro di Lombardia in 2014 (AFP/LUK BENIES)

Irish rider Dan Martin, who has won stages on all three of cycling's Grand Tours, announced on Saturday he would retire at the end of 2021 after 14 years as a professional.

Martin was the first major signing for Israel Cycling Academy and won a stage on the Giro d'Italia in May to add to two victories on both the Tour de France and the Vuelta a Espana.

He also won two of cycling's monuments -- Liege-Bastogne-Liege and Il Lombardia.

Martin released a lengthy statement on Twitter explaining why he has decided to retire.

"I will always be a cyclist, I won't hang up my bike, just my racing number," said the father of two-year-old twins who is married to British distance runner Jess Martin.

"I'm also looking forwards to being more present as a father and doing the simple things that are incompatible with professional cycling, like going for a run with my wife."

The 35-year-old Martin is a nephew of Irish cycling great Stephen Roche who won the Tour de France, Giro d'Italia and world championships in 1987.

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