Martin, who had led the race’s general classification since winning stage four on Thursday, finished at the front of the field today to cement is slender 17-second lead over Spaniard Joaquim Rodriguez of Katusha to win the seven-stage tour and follow in the footsteps of Sean Kelly, who won the Volta in 1984 and 1986.
The final stage, a 122km ride from El Vendrell to Barcelona which included eight passes over the category three Alt de Montjuic, was won by Belgium’s Tomas de Gendt of Vacansoleil-DCM in a bunch sprint in a time of 2:45:42. Spain’s David Lopez Garcia of Sky rolled home second.
The victory is the biggest of Martin’s career to date
Above: after his stage win on Thursday