Tony Martin Blasts to Time Trial Victory in Stage 20 at Tour de France

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07/26/2014| 0 comments
by Mark Watson
World Champion Tony Martin (Germany / Omega Pharma - QuickStep - Specialized Bikes) on his way to victory in stage 20 of Tour de France 2014 Fotoreporter Sirotti

Tony Martin Blasts to Time Trial Victory in Stage 20 at Tour de France

World Champion Tony Martin (Germany) wins Tour de France individual time trial; Vincenzo Nibali defends his general classification lead before tomorrow's final stage to Paris.

Team Omega Pharma - QuickStep's Tony Martin confirmed himself to be one of the biggest animators of the 2014 Tour de France. The three-time UCI World Time Trial Champion won his second stage of the 2014 Tour de France earlier today when he smashed the 54 kilometer individual time trial with his 58-tooth chainring for a finishing time of 01:06:21, thereby averaging 48.8 kilometers per hour. No rider came within a minute and a half of the German panzerwagen.

“The team really did a great job for me in this time trial,” Martin explained after being celebrated on the podium in Périgueux. “They paid attention to all the details. I had a clear idea of the parcours in advance. Then I went this morning to see the roads and I was really happy. It wasn’t really flat, but also not super hilly. There were always parts with two or three percent gradients, with uphills and downhills. You could go with a big gear, such as my 58-tooth chainring. It was just perfect for me."

"We discussed with Specialized before what wheels and tires we would ride, we found the right setup, and I had a good feeling the whole race on my Shiv. We used the Turbo tires that are super smooth on the road. The whole time I was motivated."

"To have this kind of a perfect race at the Tour de France time trial, and get my second stage win, it’s really unbelievable for me and I’m very proud.”

Martin blazed through the entire course, setting the fastest times at each checkpoint. He finished 1'39" faster than Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Shimano) and 1'47" faster than Jan Barta (Team NetApp-Endura).

“My bike that I used today, with a new graphic, is super fast,” Martin said. “Specialized wanted to make a nice special graphic of the Shiv for this stage. We have worked together with Specialized for a long time on finding a time trial bike that could show my power and suit my skills. This Shiv is the product of a lot of collaboration, but they also added a special flare with the graphic today. I have to thank them for making this kind of bike for me. It’s a dream to see a Shiv tailored specifically for myself. It was really cool that they put the Bull on the frame for my Taurus Zodiac sign too. It was a beautiful looking bike but also really great with its performance."

Martin also won stage 9 of this year's Tour de France when he soloed across the finish line after a remarkable breakaway effort. It was the first Tour de France road stage win of his career — solo.

“The victory today was another great Tour de France time trial victory added to my palmares,” Martin said. “I already won two time trials, so I am proud to now have a third win. But, I have to say, to win a road race and knowing 5 kilometers before the finish you would already win, it’s an unbelievable feeling. You can celebrate with your

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