Tony Martin boosts Tour de France morale with 8th German TT title

Tony Martin (Katusha-Alpecin)

Tony Martin ( Katusha-Alpecin ) claimed his seventh-consecutive title in the German time trial championship Friday, beating Jasha Sutterlin (Movistar) and Nikias Arndt (Team Sunweb) on a 45km course in Einhausen and adding a morale boost ahead of the upcoming Tour de France . In his first race since the Giro d'italia , Martin covered the 45km course 1:02 better than Sutterlin and 1:31 quicker than Arndt. Martin's Katusha-Alpecin teammate Nils Polit was fifth, 2:06 back. "I can not remember that I was so motivated for a German TT championship," Martin said at the finish. "After the first few metres, I quickly realized that the legs were really good, because before the race I did not know how my condition was. After the Giro I was pretty tired and I took a longer break. This was my first competition since finishing in Rome, so I'm happy about this good performance." ...

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