Utsunomiya, Japan - Irishman Dan Martin took an impressive win on Sunday at the Japan Cup Road Race. The Garmin-Transitions rider was able to gain an insurmountable lead with 37km to go and soloed to victory. Martin has already scored victories this year at the Tre Valli Varesine semi classic and at the Tour of Poland, where he also won the general classification.
One of the final races of the year, the Japan Cup consisted of a challenging 151km circuit course that tested riders' late season form. Riders faced the 10 percent Kogashi climb a total of 11 times, and it proved to be the decisive feature of the race.
Regarded as a fierce climber, Martin attacked on the Kogashi with three laps remaining. Aboard his F-Series
bike, He built a lead of nearly 30 seconds on the climb and consolidated that lead to 57 seconds by the finish.
"When we decided to attack with three laps remaining, I thought it was a little early, but it helped having two team-mates in the group behind," Martin told cyclingnews.com. "The cheers from the roadside helped me get over the pain. I'm very grateful to the fans."