Tony Martin Nails Ninth German Tt Title Despite Early Mechanical

Jumbo-Visma's Tony Martin

An early mechanical couldn't stop Tony Martin ( Jumbo-Visma ) from nailing down his ninth German time trial title Friday in Spremberg. The 34-year-old has now won eight-consecutive titles going back to 2012. He won his first title in 2010 but was beaten in 2011 by HTC-High Road teammate Bert Grabsch. Martin covered the 35km course in 39:11, 17 seconds better than runner-up Nils Politt (Katusha-Alpecin) and 59 seconds faster than third-placed Jasha Sütterlin (Movistar) despite suffering a mechanical in the early kilometres of the course. Martin's wheel was knocked askew when the rider clipped a pedal in a corner and his wheel hopped violently. The rear wheel locked up before Martin was able to safely bring the machine to a stop. "Thanks to his riding skills he managed to stay on his bike," said sports director Grischa Niermann. "He changed bikes and our mechanic Dirk pushed him really hard. ...

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