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Tony Martin to contest the cobbled classics for the first time

Tony Martin to contest the cobbled classics for the first time

German time trial powerhouse Tony Martin is looking for a new challenge in 2016 and is aiming for the Belgian classics for the first time in his career Tony Martin on stage five of the 2015 Tour de France Tony Martin is aiming to tackle the Belgian cobbled classics for the first time in his career, as he seeks a fresh challenge for the 2016 racing season.

The 30-year-old German is perhaps most well known for his prowess against the clock, where he has taken innumerable victories during his career, including three time trial world titles.

The Etixx-QuickStep rider is also known for launching attacks during road races, and then effectively time trialling solo to victory – which is how he won stage four of the 2015 Tour de France, which featured cobbled sectors . It’s a tactical ploy that rival and fellow former time trial world champion Fabian Cancellara has used to win a host of Classics.

The modest Martin is downplaying his chances of winning, though, and says that he will ride a couple of semi-Classics and see how it goes before tackling anything bigger. Martin has only ever taken part on one cobbled classic, Dwars door Vlaanderen in 2008 […]

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