World champion Tony Martin wins final Tirreno time trial

Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) claimed the final stage of the 2013 Tirreno-Adriatico, a 9.2-kilometre time trial around the streets of San Benedetto del Tronto on Tuesday. The German posted a time of 10:25 to beat Adriano Malori (Lampre-Merida) by six seconds, with Andrey Amador (Movistar) in third, a further four seconds back.

As expected, Vinenzo Nibali (Astana) secured the overall title for the second year in a row. Despite finishing the stage in 12th place, the Giro d'Italia favourite did enough to hold off Chris Froome (Team Sky) on the flat course along the waterfront. Froome started the day 34 seconds down on Nibali after losing the race lead on an epic stage 6, and was unable to claw back the time needed to rescue his race. The prospective Tour leader was able to secure his second place overall, with Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank) slipping into third.

However the stage belonged to Tony Martin, who reminded everyone of his status as the best time trialist in the world. "I was looking for this day because the mountains weren't for me," he said after his second individual time trial win of the season.

"I had full focus for the day and I'm happy I won. It's my first time here. My climbing has been getting better day by day, but I still need some time to improve. It's still early in the season but I'm happy with the stage win. It's been a good race for the team."

With Malori having beaten former time trial supremo Fabian Cancellara into the provisional lead, the Italian looked to be Martin's only genuine competition. The German started calmly, and despite being slower at the first time check his class told in the second half as he cut through the air and towards the win. The unfortunate Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Euskaltel) was the German's minute man, but was he was easily swapped aside before the line.

From there, the only battle remaining would revolve around the final podium places. Barring a major upset, Nibali would come away with the overall but with Froome, Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Katusha), Alberto Contador and Michal Kwiatkowski (Omega Pharma QuickStep) separated by 24 seconds the podium was wide open. Kwiatkowski, resplendent in the white jersey already tasted time trial success at the Tour de San Luis earlier this year and when he crossed the line in provisional seventh he looked on course to at least unsettle Rodriguez.

Contador, a shadow of the time trialist he was in 2009, lurched through the midway point 12 seconds down. If he posted a time slower than 10:57, Kwiatkowski would sneak into third but in the final 200 meters the Spaniard found enough to grasp third, to finish in a time of 10:55. Rodriguez, who has improved against the clock in the last 12 months, could only post a time of 11:08, leaving him two seconds off Contador but down in fifth overall.

All eyes turned to the battle between Froome and Nibali. The Sky rider had little chance of overturning the deficit he incurred on the roads to Porto Sant'Elpidio, where he was over-geared and outfought.

Since his move to Astana Nibali has focused on his ability against the clock and despite conceding four seconds at the mid-way point, the overall title had already been secured.

A time of 10:51 was good enough for 12th on the stage and a 23-second winning margin.

"I'm really happy with this Tirreno-Adriatico," he said. "It's something really important to win and it's my first win of the season too. This is perhaps more important than my win that last year because of the riders like Rodriguez, Froome and Contador who came. It's been a fantastic Tirreno."

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quick Step0:10:25
2Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre-Merida0:00:06
3Andrey Amador Bakkazakova (CRc) Movistar Team0:00:10
4Fabian Cancellara (Swi) RadioShack Leopard0:00:12
5Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spa) Movistar Team0:00:14
6Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling0:00:15
7Hayden Roulston (NZl) RadioShack Leopard0:00:20
8Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quick Step0:00:21
9Dario Cataldo (Ita) Sky Procycling0:00:23
10Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar Team
11Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano0:00:24
12Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:00:26
13Jens Mouris (Ned) Orica-GreenEdge0:00:27
14Stijn Devolder (Bel) RadioShack Leopard0:00:29
15Kristijan Koren (Slo) Cannondale Pro Cycling
16Rohan Dennis (Aus) Garmin-Sharp0:00:30
17Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Team Saxo-Tinkoff
18Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team0:00:31
19Jan Barta (Cze) Team NetApp-Endura
20Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:00:32
21Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale Pro Cycling0:00:33
22Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano0:00:36
23Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Sharp0:00:39
24Matteo Rabottini (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia
25Danilo Hondo (Ger) RadioShack Leopard
26Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ0:00:40
27Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Cannondale Pro Cycling
28Christopher Horner (USA) RadioShack Leopard0:00:42
29Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling
30Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha
31Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Omega Pharma-Quick Step
32Moreno Moser (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling
33Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) Sky Procycling0:00:43
34Sandy Casar (Fra) FDJ
35Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha
36Ioannis Tamouridis (Gre) Euskaltel-Euskadi
37Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Katusha0:00:44
38Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Belisol0:00:45
39Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Spa) Movistar Team
40Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team
41Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Orica-GreenEdge0:00:46
42Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-GreenEdge
43Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team0:00:47
44Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale
45André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol
46Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:00:48
47Thor Hushovd (Nor) BMC Racing Team0:00:50
48Cédric Pineau (Fra) FDJ
49Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre-Merida0:00:51
50Maxim Belkov (Rus) Katusha0:00:52
51Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team0:00:53
52Wouter Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
53Jacobus Venter (RSA) MTN-Qhubeka
54Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
55Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:54
56Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Team Saxo-Tinkoff
57Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana Pro Team0:00:55
58Paul Voss (Ger) Team NetApp-Endura
59Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Team Argos-Shimano0:00:56
60Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Team NetApp-Endura
61Paul Martens (Ger) Blanco Pro Cycling Team
62Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Movistar Team
63Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Sky Procycling0:00:57
64Martin Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma-Quick Step0:01:00
65Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Team Saxo-Tinkoff
66Damiano Caruso (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling0:01:03
67Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
68José Joao Pimenta Costa Mendes (Por) Team NetApp-Endura
69Alan Marangoni (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling0:01:04
70Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) RadioShack Leopard
71Maarten Wynants (Bel) Blanco Pro Cycling Team0:01:06
72Jorge Azanza Soto (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
73Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia0:01:07
74Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
75Miguel Minguez Ayala (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:01:08
76Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia0:01:09
77Mauro Finetto (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia0:01:10
78Mickael Delage (Fra) FDJ
79Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ
80Gerald Ciolek (Ger) MTN-Qhubeka0:01:11
81Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Team Saxo-Tinkoff
82Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:01:12
83Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Merida0:01:13
84Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Astana Pro Team
85Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Belisol0:01:15
86Aliaksandr Kuchynski (Blr) Katusha
87Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ0:01:17
88Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano
89Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Lampre-Merida0:01:18
90Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:01:20
91Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:01:23
92Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling0:01:24
93Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Team NetApp-Endura
94Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:26
95Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Blanco Pro Cycling Team
96Sergio Pardilla Bellon (Spa) MTN-Qhubeka0:01:27
97Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Sharp0:01:30
98Bauke Mollema (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team0:01:31