Cycling: Martin to stay with Garmin
Ireland's Dan Martin will remain in the trademark argyle colours of the Garmin Sharp team for the World Tour next season after it was announced that the 24-year-old has signed with the American-registered squad for another two seasons.
Head-hunted by some of the world's top teams after showing massive potential as an U-23 rider, Martin turned pro for the then unknown Team Slipstream squad back in 2008, due to their staunch anti-doping stance and emphasis on developing young riders. He's since taken nine pro victories with the team, now monikered Garmin Sharp Barracuda.
Since turning pro with the team, Martin has taken some very big wins and became the first Irish rider to win a stage on a professional tour when he took a stage and overall victory at the Tour of Poland in 2010.
He made his debut at the Tour de France this year, where he took three top-10 stage placings, having already taken a first Grand Tour stage win at the Vuelta a Espana last year and ended the year ranked at No 8 in the world.