Tony Martin (cyclist)

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Tony Martin
Tour de Romandie 2013 - Stage 5 - Podium - Tony Martin 1 (cropped).jpg
Martin at the 2013 Tour de Romandie
Personal information
Full name Tony Hans-Joachim Martin
Nickname Panzerwagen[1]
Born (1985-04-23) 23 April 1985 (age 28)
Cottbus, East Germany
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)[1]
Weight 75 kg (165 lb; 11.8 st)[1]
Team information
Current team Omega Pharma-Quick Step
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type Time-trialist[1]
Amateur team(s)
2004
2005
2006–2007
Köstritzer
Gerolsteiner (stagiaire)
Thüringer Energie Team
Professional team(s)
2008–2011
2012–
Team High Road
Omega Pharma-Quick Step
Major wins

Grand Tours

Tour de France
2 individual stages (2011, 2013)
Vuelta a España
1 individual stage (2011)

Stage races

Eneco Tour (2010)
Volta ao Algarve (2011, 2013)
Paris–Nice (2011)
Tour of Beijing (2011, 2012)
Tour of Belgium (2012, 2013)

One-day races and Classics

World Time Trial Championships (2011, 2012, 2013)
World Team Time Trial Championships (2012, 2013)
National Time Trial Championships (2010, 2012, 2013)
Infobox last updated on
12 April 2014

Tony Martin (born 23 April 1985) is a German professional road bicycle racer riding for the UCI ProTeam Omega Pharma-Quick Step.[2] Martin is known as a time trial specialist, and is a three-time world champion in the discipline, having won the title in 2011, 2012 and 2013. He also won a silver medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, finishing runner-up to Bradley Wiggins in the event.

Martin has also been a part of two world championship-winning team time trial squads with Omega Pharma-Quick Step, in 2012 and 2013. Martin has also won three Grand Tour individual time trial stages; two at the Tour de France in 2011 and 2013, and one at the Vuelta a España in 2011. He has also won several stage races, including the Eneco Tour (2010), Paris–Nice (2011) and the first two editions of the Tour of Beijing in 2011 and 2012.

Biography[edit]

Born in Cottbus, East Germany, Martin and the rest of his family escaped from East Germany shortly before the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of communist Eastern Europe. Later he returned to the Eastern part of Germany to attend sport school in Erfurt.

Career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Martin turned professional in 2008, for Team High Road, and won 4 races in his first year, including three time trials.

2009[edit]

In 2009, Martin won time-trials in Critérium International and Bayern-Rundfahrt. He also featured strongly in week long stage races, winning the mountain classifications at 2009 Paris-Nice and the 2009 Tour de Suisse, finishing second overall and winning a stage in the latter. Martin also made an impact at the Tour de France, wearing the Maillot blanc on stages 3–14, and winning the combativity award after finishing second on Stage 20 at the top of Mont Ventoux. He took the bronze medal in the time trial at the 2009 UCI Road World Championships at the end of the season.

2010[edit]

Martin enjoyed more success in time trials, winning the national championships as well as stages in the Tour of California and the Tour de Suisse. Martin finished second in both the prologue and ITT Stage 19 of the Tour de France, and again wore the Maillot blanc (stages 1–3). Following the Tour de France, Martin finished 1st overall in the 2010 Eneco Tour, as well as the time trial stage 7 and the young rider's classification. Martin again took the bronze medal at the time trial at the 2010 UCI Road World Championships.

2011[edit]

Martin in the rainbow jersey after winning the time trial at the 2011 UCI Road World Championships

2011 saw Martin claim overall victories in the 2011 Volta ao Algarve and 2011 Paris-Nice,[3] having won time trials in both events. He also finished second overall in the 2011 Tour de Romandie, and won the time trial in the 2011 Critérium du Dauphiné.

Martin won his first Grand Tour stage by taking victory in the ITT Stage 20 of the 2011 Tour de France.[4] He also won the stage 10 time trial in the 2011 Vuelta a España.[5]

In September, Martin won the gold medal in the time trial at the 2011 UCI Road World Championships in Copenhagen, Denmark.[6] He then won the opening time trial of the inaugural 2011 Tour of Beijing,[7] and held the race lead for the rest of the event to claim overall victory.[8][9]

Following the announcement that HTC-Highroad would fold at the end of 2011, Martin signed with Omega Pharma-Quick Step for the 2012 season.[10]

2012[edit]

Martin at the 2012 Paris–Nice; wearing the rainbow jersey as the world champion in the discipline.

Martin began 2012 with second overall in the Volta ao Algarve, finishing second to Bradley Wiggins by less than a second in the final time trial. In April, Martin lost consciousness after colliding with a car during training[11] and sustained injuries, wrecking his early season. Martin returned to action at the Tour of Belgium in May, winning the time trial on Stage 4 and taking the overall victory.

At the 2012 Tour de France, Martin's hopes of winning the prologue, were dashed by a mechanical problem that forced him to switch bikes on course. Martin then crashed the following day on Stage 1, suffering a broken wrist. After suffering more mechanical problems in the next time trial, Stage 9, he pulled out of the Tour to let his injury heal before taking part in the time trial at the 2012 Summer Olympics three weeks later.[12] Martin was deemed fit enough to compete, and he claimed silver at the Olympics behind Bradley Wiggins.[13]

In September, Martin was part of the six man Omega Pharma-Quick Step team that won the inugural UCI World Team Time Trial Championships. Three days later, he successfully defended his individual world title, beating Taylor Phinney by five seconds and passing Alberto Contador on course.

In October, Martin went back to China to defend his title of Tour of Beijing champion, the last UCI World Tour race of the season. He accomplished his mission successfully, raking in the general classification when the dust settled.[14] He placed well in all the stages, but the win is to be attributed in large part to a solo victory on stage 2, where he decimated the field, won well clear of his nearest opponents and took his first stage (that is not a time trial) win in three years.[15]

2013[edit]

Martin (centre) with Bradley Wiggins (left) and Fabian Cancellara (right) on the podium after winning the 2013 World Time Trial Championships

In February, Martin won the general classification of the Volta ao Algarve. He earned the leader's jersey on the fourth and last stage, a 34.8 km (21.6 mi) race against the clock which he dominated. The second rider of the day, Michał Kwiatkowski (Omega Pharma-Quick Step), finished with a deficit of a little more than a minute. In the overall classification, he bested Kwiatkowski and Lieuwe Westra of Vacansoleil-DCM.[16] In the Tour de France he was involved in a crash on the 1st stage which left him with a concussion and a contusion on his left lung.[17] He recovered enough to win stage 11, an individual time trial.[18] With an average speed of 54.271 km/h (33.722 mph), Martin rode the third fastest ever ITT in the Tour.[19]

In the sixth stage of Vuelta a España he managed a 175 km (109 mi) solo breakaway, which was only caught in the final meters of the stage.[20][21] This stage was ridden on a road bike, forming part of his preparation for the world championships. Martin would then go on to help his team Omega Pharma-Quick Step to narrowly beat Orica-GreenEDGE in world team time trial championships before emerging victorious once more in the individual time trial, beating second placed Wiggins by 46 seconds, who was a further two seconds ahead of four-time winner Cancellara.[22]

Palmarès[edit]

2003
1st MaillotAlemania.PNG National Under-19 Time Trial Championships
2004
1st MaillotAlemania.PNG National Team Pursuit Championships
2005
Giro delle Regione U-23
1st Stages 4 & 6
1st Stage 4 Regio-Tour
2006
1st MaillotAlemania.PNG National Under-23 Time Trial Championships
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Internationale Thüringen-Rundfahrt U-23
2007
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall FBD Insurance Rás
1st Coppa Citta' di Asti
1st Stage 3 Circuit des Ardennes
2nd Overall Tour de l'Avenir
2008
1st Hel van het Mergelland
1st Stage 3b ITT Tour de l'Ain
1st Stage 8 ITT Deutschland Tour
1st Prologue Ster Elektrotoer
3rd Overall Sachsen-Tour International
2009
1st Jersey polkadot.svg Mountains classification, Paris–Nice
1st Stage 3 ITT Critérium International
1st Stage 4 ITT Bayern-Rundfahrt
2nd Overall Tour de Suisse
1st Stage 8
1st Jersey pink.svg Mountains classification
3rd Bronze medal blank.svg World Time Trial Championships
8th Overall Tour de Romandie
Tour de France
Held Maillot blanc Jersey white.svg from Stages 3–14
Combativity award Jersey red number.svg Stage 20
2010
1st MaillotAlemania.PNG National Time Trial Championships
1st Jersey white.svg Overall Eneco Tour
1st Stage 7 ITT
1st Jersey green.svg Young rider classification
1st Stage 7 ITT Tour of California
3rd Bronze medal blank.svg World Time Trial Championships
6th Overall Tour de Suisse
1st Stage 9 ITT
Tour de France
Held Maillot blanc Jersey white.svg from Stages 1–3.
2011
1st MaillotMundialCrono.PNG World Time Trial Championships
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Volta ao Algarve
1st Stage 5 ITT
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Paris-Nice
1st Stage 6 ITT
1st Jersey red.svg Overall Tour of Beijing
1st Stage 1 ITT
1st Chrono des Nations
1st Stage 6 ITT Tour of the Basque Country
1st Stage 20 ITT Tour de France
1st Stage 10 ITT Vuelta a España
1st Stage 3 ITT Critérium du Dauphiné
2nd Overall Tour de Romandie
2012
1st MaillotMundialCrono.PNG World Time Trial Championships
1st World Team Time Trial Championships
1st MaillotAlemania.PNG National Time Trial Championships
1st Jersey red.svg Overall Tour of Belgium
1st Stage 4 ITT
1st Jersey red.svg Overall Tour of Beijing
1st Stage 2
1st Chrono des Nations
2nd Silver medal.svg Time trial, Olympic Games
2nd Overall Volta ao Algarve
5th Overall Tour of the Basque Country
2013
1st MaillotMundialCrono.PNG World Time Trial Championships
1st World Team Time Trial Championships
1st MaillotAlemania.PNG National Time Trial Championships
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Volta ao Algarve
1st Stage 4 ITT
1st Jersey red.svg Overall Tour of Belgium
1st Stage 3 ITT
1st Chrono des Nations
Tirreno–Adriatico
1st Stages 1 TTT & 7 ITT
1st Stage 6 ITT Tour of the Basque Country
1st Stage 5 ITT Tour de Romandie
1st Stage 4 ITT Critérium du Dauphiné
1st Stage 11 ITT Tour de France
Jersey red number.svg Combativity award Stage 6 Vuelta a España
6th Overall Tour of Beijing
8th Trofeo Serra de Tramuntana
2014
Tour of the Basque Country
1st Stages 2 & 6 ITT
4th Overall Dubai Tour

Grand Tour General Classification results timeline[edit]

Grand Tour 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Pink jersey Giro 128  —  —  —  —  —
Yellow jersey Tour  – 35 137 44 WD 106
red jersey Vuelta  —  —  — WD WD WD

WD = Withdrew

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Tony Martin". Omega Pharma-Quick Step. Decolef. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "Omega Pharma-Quick-Step Cycling Team (OPQ) – BEL". UCI World Tour. Union Cycliste Internationale. Retrieved 9 January 2013. 
  3. ^ Cycling. "Paris-Nice 2011: Tony Martin wins 'race to the sun' after Thomas Voeckler claims second stage on Côte d'Azur". Telegraph. Retrieved 5 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "Tony Martin wins stage-20 ITT as Cadel Evans takes lead in 2011 Tour de France". Velonews.competitor.com. 27 July 2011. Retrieved 5 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "Tony Martin Wins Vuelta Stage 10, Froome in Red | This Just In". Bicycling.com. 29 August 2011. Retrieved 5 January 2012. 
  6. ^ Williams, Ollie (21 September 2011). "BBC Sport – World Road Cycling: Bradley Wiggins wins time trial silver". BBC News. Retrieved 5 January 2012. 
  7. ^ "AFP: Time-trial world champ Martin wins Beijing first stage". Google.com. 5 October 2011. Retrieved 5 January 2012. 
  8. ^ "Martin the inaugural Beijing champion". Cycling News. 9 October 2011. Retrieved 12 October 2011. 
  9. ^ "Martin wins inaugural Tour of Beijing". The Times of India. 
  10. ^ Atkins, Ben (19 September 2011). "Fabian Cancellara tips Tony Martin and Bert Grabsch for time trial gold". VeloNation (VeloNation LLC). Retrieved 5 January 2012. "Among his challengers, Cancellara himself has picked out two Germans as the main competition, according to Sporza; both of whom currently ride for HTC-Highroad, and both of whom will be transferring to Omega Pharma-Quick Step in 2012." 
  11. ^ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/othersports/cycling/9200721/World-time-trial-champion-Tony-Martin-loses-consciousness-after-colliding-with-car-during-training.html
  12. ^ "Tony Martin quits Tour de France to prepare for London 2012". BBC Sport. BBC. 10 July 2012. Retrieved 2 August 2012. 
  13. ^ Wynn, Nigel (1 August 2012). "Wiggins wins gold in men's time trial, bronze for Froome". Cycling Weekly. IPC Media Limited. Retrieved 1 August 2012. 
  14. ^ Wynn, Nigel (13 October 2012). "Cummings takes final Tour of Beijing stage as Martin wins overall". Cycling Weekly (IPC Media Limited). Retrieved 13 October 2012. 
  15. ^ Stokes, Shane (10 October 2012). "Tony Martin seizes Tour of Beijing lead with first road race stage win in three years". VeloNation (VeloNation LLC). Retrieved 10 October 2012. 
  16. ^ Shane Stokes (17 February 2013). "Martin repeats 2011 time trial win to scoop Volta ao Algarve victory". VeloNation (VeloNation LLC). Retrieved 17 February 2013. 
  17. ^ http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/crash-in-tour-de-france-opener-leaves-martin-battered-once-again
  18. ^ http://www.cyclingnews.com/tour-de-france/stage-11/results
  19. ^ http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/sports/more-sports/cycling/Martin-third-quickest-of-Tour-de-Frances-time-triallists/articleshow/21008584.cms
  20. ^ "Vuelta a Espana 2013: Tony Martin beaten in final 20m". Retrieved 7 September 2013. 
  21. ^ "Tony Martin agonisingly close to solo Vuelta stage win". Retrieved 7 September 2013. 
  22. ^ "Tony Martin wins world time trial title as Bradley Wiggins pips Fabian Cancellara to silver". Retrieved 25 September 2013. 

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