"I'm proud to be the first winner, here, of the first Tour of Beijing. It's a nice finish for a very long season," Tony Martin (HTC-Highroad) told Cyclingnews on Sunday in a video interview.
The 26-year-old German won the first stage of the inaugural Tour of Beijing, an 11.3km time trial, and maintained his 17-second advantage over David Millar (Garmin-Cervelo) through the remaining four stages.
"It was not an easy race," said Martin. "Even the time trial was not so easy [because we used] our road bike. And the third stage was also very hilly and there were a lot of aggressive riders. To follow the teams it was very hard to defend the jersey."