Tony Martin flew to victory in the Tour of Belgium time trial to also take the overall lead in the race. It was the first win for the Omega Pharma-QuickStep rider this season, and came less than seven weeks after he was hit by a car whilst training.
His performance left him with high hopes for the upcoming 2012 London Olympics. “This victory means a lot to me and not just because of my bad crash. No, I am now exactly where I want to be for the Olympics. The win gave me a lot of motivation for the further preparations.,” he wrote on his personal website.
“And of course I want to also win the Tour of Belgium. The overall victory in my team's homeland tour is our declared goal. So the win will mean a lot.”
Martin is also looking towards the Tour de France. “Even when I haven't yet reached by top form, I am sure that there is still enough time until the start of the Tour de France.”
Not that the time trial went perfectly. “At the beginning I didn't have good legs. It was hard and windy and I wasn't doing one of my best time trials. But it was important to me to break the ice,” he said, according to Radsport-News.com.