Missing Le Tour Helped Bradley Wiggins Win World ITT

by Barnaby CHESTERMAN PONFERRADA, Spain, Sept 24, 2014 (AFP) - Bradley Wiggins said that his exclusion from Sky's Tour de France team in July had a silver lining as it enabled him to dethrone Tony Martin at the world timetrial championships. The Olympic champion had twice before finished runner-up to the German -- in 2011 and 2013 -- but he finished 26sec clear of Martin on the … [Read more...]

Alberto Contador Takes Tour of Spain Lead On Stage 10

BORJA, Spain, Sept 02, 2014 (AFP) - Two-time Tour of Spain winner Alberto Contador took the overall lead in this year's edition on Tuesday as German Tony Martin won the 10th stage, a 36.7-kilometre time-trial. Contador, 31 and who finished fourth, 39 seconds slower than triple time-trial world champion Martin, replaced Colombian rider Nairo Quintana in the overall leader's red … [Read more...]

Vincenzo Nibali Secures Tour de France Victory

by Barnaby CHESTERMAN PERIGUEUX, France, July 26, 2014 (AFP) - Italian rider Vincenzo Nibali secured Tour de France victory on Saturday as Germany's Tony Martin dominated the penultimate 20th stage time trial and the host nation celebrated podium success. Barring a final stage catastrophe on Sunday, Astana rider Nibali is assured of winning his first Tour title on the Champs … [Read more...]

The Tale of Two Martins At The Tour de France

by Barnaby CHESTERMAN MULHOUSE, France, July 13, 2014 (AFP) - Tony Martin continued Germany's stunning sporting month by winning the ninth stage of the Tour de France on Sunday as Frenchman Tony Gallopin claimed the race leader's yellow jersey. Martin's stage success was the fifth by Germans already this Tour after sprinters Marcel Kittel, three, and Andre Greipel had … [Read more...]

Tour de Suisse Stage 8 Ends With Summit Finish

VERBIER, Switzerland, June 21, 2014 (AFP) - Colombia's Esteban Chaves staged a late attack to win atop the summit finish in Verbier in Saturday's eighth stage of the Tour of Switzerland, while Germany's Tony Martin increased his overall lead going into Sunday's concluding stage. Orica-GreenEdge rider Chaves finished three seconds ahead of Czech Roman Kreuziger and Dutchman Bauke Mollema … [Read more...]

Tour de Suisse Stage 6 Report and Results

19-Jun-2014: Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team rider Tony Martin once again kept himself in great position near the front in the yellow jersey — this time, at 183.5km Tour de Suisse Stage 6 on Thursday. Despite attack after attack going into the final kilometers, including Peter Sagan (Cannondale) on the descent of the final categorized climb, Martin kept himself in position to chase … [Read more...]

Tony Martin Wins Tour of Switzerland Time-Trial

BELLINZONA, Switzerland, June 14, 2014 (AFP) - Germany's triple world champion Tony Martin won the opening time-trial of the Tour of Switzerland on Saturday to take the leader's yellow jersey. The Omega-Pharma rider, who won the world time-trial races the past three years, covered the 9.4km course around Bellinzona in a time of 13min 48secs, six seconds ahead of Dutchman Tom Dumoulin … [Read more...]

Baloise Belgium Tour Stage 3 TT As Expected

30-May-2014: Two-time defending Baloise Belgium Tour Champion Tony Martin once again showed his power in the time trial discipline. The Three-time UCI World TT Champion won the 16.8km Stage 3 time trial with a time of 19'43", 16" faster than the next best time. Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Shimano) was 2nd, and Sylvain Chavanel (IAM Cycling) finished 3rd, 26" back. Martin was also fastest at the … [Read more...]

Alberto Contador Targets Tony Martin at Tour of Algarve

LISBON, Feb 18, 2014 (AFP) - Two-time Tour de France winner Alberto Contador and world champion Rui Alberto Costa from Portugal will be hoping to unseat defending champion Tony Martin at this year's Tour of the Algarve which gets underway on Wednesday. The five-stage race is the first race of the year for Contador, whom defending Tour de France champion Christopher Froome has singled out … [Read more...]

Off-Season Surgery Successful for Tony Martin

29-Oct-2013: Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team rider Tony Martin underwent surgery at BG Hospital in Hamburg (Germany) today because of a "non-union" of his left scaphoid fracture as consequence of his 2012 Tour de France crash. The decision was made to perform this surgery during the 2013 off-season to avoid any potential further damage in the future. Martin was always assisted by … [Read more...]