Martin Wins Third Straight World ITT Championship
Tony Martin (Germany) has won the world time trial championship for the third consecutive year. The man called der Panzerwagen (the tank) dominated today’s event on a flat, 56.8-km course from Montecatini Terme to Florence, Italy, leading at two of the three checkpoints en route to victory in 1:05:36. Bradley Wiggins (Great Britain) finished second at 0:46, and four-time world time trial champion Fabian Cancellara (Switzerland) took third at 0:48.
it perfectly – A to B as fast as possible,” the Olympic time trial champion said. “I wasn’t really aware of the checks. Rod [Ellingworth, a coach] was telling me on the radio, but with the crowds I couldn’t really hear.
“In the last 20 minutes I was oblivious to everything, other than the effort you are trying to get home. I had no idea until I finished and collapsed in the tent where I was.
“I was still strong in that final 20 minutes and I knew it would be close, but Tony was on a different level today.
“He has had a great season and finished it off with another world title. I love the sport and everything about it and it really is an honour to still be on the podium with those two guys. It will be something to show the kids when I am older."
For his part, Cancellara, who once dominated the time trial, was philosophical about his bronze medal. “I did everything I could,” he declared. “I was relaxed and confident this morning and also in the race. I pushed hard but I missed just a bit. I lost contact with my car early in the race so I had no information about the time gaps. So I was really racing against the clock and not against someone else. I knew Tony and Bradley were very well suited to this course, more than myself. I don’t feel like I lost anything today – I feel like I earned a really nice medal.”
Tomorrow, the riders will rest before taking on other events on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. How will they fare? Check in at www.roadcycling.com and find out!
Follow Roadcycling.com on Twitter, Facebook and Google+ - and sign up for the premium version of our Training Tracker service p/b TrainingPeaks, which lets you track and analyze your training and nutrition using the exact same tools as pro riders on WorldTour teams such as Sky, Saxo-Tinkoff and GreenEdge. In need of motivation for Fall and Winter? Right now try TrainingTracker Premium for 7 days free with the promo/coupon code "REVIEW2013". Once you have signed up, easily log in to your Training Tracker account from all pages here on Roadcycling.com while you're here to check out the latest pro road cycling news - how very convenient.