Cycling: Martin holds on to win Tour of Poland

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The Independent Online

Young Irish climber Dan Martin battled through a rain-lashed final stage of the Tour of Poland on Saturday to clinch his Garmin-Transition team's first ever ProTour stage race win.

Martin finished 23rd, safely in the main pack, on the 163.9km stage to Krakow, taken in a bunch sprint by Germany's Andre Greipel.

At the end of the seven-day race, the 23-year-old Irishman finished just eight seconds ahead overall of Slovenian Grega Bole with Dutchman Bauke Mollema in third.

"This last stage was really hard and the rain made the roads very slippery but fortunately I had my team-mates to look after me all the way," Martin said.

"We've won the best team classification too and that's great because it shows what a good job they all did."

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