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World Championships: Tony Martin wins world time trial title

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Tony Martin (Germany) en route to the gold medal at the 2016 UCI Road World Championships

Tony Martin (Germany) en route to the gold medal at the 2016 UCI Road World Championships (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Tony Martin (Germany) wins his fourth world title in the men's time trial

Tony Martin (Germany) wins his fourth world title in the men's time trial
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Tony Martin (Germany) celebrates his time trial world title on the podium in Doha

Tony Martin (Germany) celebrates his time trial world title on the podium in Doha
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Tony Martin (Germany) listens to his national anthem on the podium in Doha

Tony Martin (Germany) listens to his national anthem on the podium in Doha
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Tony Martin (Germany) wins the time trial title at the 2016 UCI Road World Championships

Tony Martin (Germany) wins the time trial title at the 2016 UCI Road World Championships
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2016 World Championships time trial podium (l-r): Vasil Kiryienka (Belarus), Tony Martin (Germany), Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spain)

2016 World Championships time trial podium (l-r): Vasil Kiryienka (Belarus), Tony Martin (Germany), Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spain)
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Tony Martin (Germany) after winning the World Championships time trial

Tony Martin (Germany) after winning the World Championships time trial (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Tony Martin (Germany) after winning the World Championships time trial

Tony Martin (Germany) after winning the World Championships time trial (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Edvald Boasson Hagen (Norway)

Edvald Boasson Hagen (Norway) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Rohan Dennis (Australia)

Rohan Dennis (Australia) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Tom Dumoulin (Netherlands)

Tom Dumoulin (Netherlands) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Tony Martin (Germany) is congratulated after his win by trade teammate Yves Lampaert

Tony Martin (Germany) is congratulated after his win by trade teammate Yves Lampaert (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Tony Martin (Germany) after winning the World Championships time trial

Tony Martin (Germany) after winning the World Championships time trial (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Tom Dumoulin (Netherlands)

Tom Dumoulin (Netherlands) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Tom Dumoulin (Netherlands) missed the top 10

Tom Dumoulin (Netherlands) missed the top 10 (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Tony Martin (Germany) after winning the World Championships time trial

Tony Martin (Germany) after winning the World Championships time trial (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Tony Martin (Germany) after winning the World Championships time trial

Tony Martin (Germany) after winning the World Championships time trial (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Jasha Sütterlin (Germany)

Jasha Sütterlin (Germany) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Alexey Vermeulen (USA)

Alexey Vermeulen (USA) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Tony Martin (Germany) wins the time trial title at the 2016 UCI Road World Championships

Tony Martin (Germany) wins the time trial title at the 2016 UCI Road World Championships
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Tony Martin (Germany) wins the time trial title at the 2016 UCI Road World Championships

Tony Martin (Germany) wins the time trial title at the 2016 UCI Road World Championships
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Colombia's Walter Vargas competes in the men's elite individual time trial

Colombia's Walter Vargas competes in the men's elite individual time trial
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Alex Dowsett (Great Britain)

Alex Dowsett (Great Britain)
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Tony Martin (Germany)

Tony Martin (Germany)
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Edvald Boasson Hagen (Norway)

Edvald Boasson Hagen (Norway)
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Hugo Houle (Canada)

Hugo Houle (Canada) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Yves Lampaert (Belgium)

Yves Lampaert (Belgium) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Stephen Cummings (Dimension Data)

Stephen Cummings (Dimension Data) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Tony Martin (Germany) cools down after winning the World Championships time trial

Tony Martin (Germany) cools down after winning the World Championships time trial (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Vasil Kiryienka (Belarus) rides to silver in Doha

Vasil Kiryienka (Belarus) rides to silver in Doha (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Jonathan Castroviejo (Spain) claimed the bronze in Doha

Jonathan Castroviejo (Spain) claimed the bronze in Doha (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Anton Vorobyev (Russia)

Anton Vorobyev (Russia) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Ryan Roth (Canada)

Ryan Roth (Canada) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Luke Durbridge (Australia)

Luke Durbridge (Australia) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Jack Bauer (New Zealand)

Jack Bauer (New Zealand) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Tony Martin (Germany) wins the time trial title at the 2016 UCI Road World Championships

Tony Martin (Germany) wins the time trial title at the 2016 UCI Road World Championships
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Tony Martin (Germany) wins the time trial title at the 2016 UCI Road World Championships

Tony Martin (Germany) wins the time trial title at the 2016 UCI Road World Championships
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Tony Martin (Germany) wins the time trial title at the 2016 UCI Road World Championships

Tony Martin (Germany) wins the time trial title at the 2016 UCI Road World Championships
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Nicolas Roche (Ireland)

Nicolas Roche (Ireland) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Jonathan Castroviejo (Spain)

Jonathan Castroviejo (Spain)
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Maciej Bodnar (Poland)

Maciej Bodnar (Poland)
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Johan Le Bon (France)

Johan Le Bon (France)
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Tony Martin (Germany)

Tony Martin (Germany)
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Bob Jungels (Luxembourg)

Bob Jungels (Luxembourg)
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Edvald Boasson Hagen (Norway)

Edvald Boasson Hagen (Norway)
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Alex Dowsett (Great Britain)

Alex Dowsett (Great Britain)
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Manuel Quinziato (Italy)

Manuel Quinziato (Italy)
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Tom Dumoulin (Netherlands)

Tom Dumoulin (Netherlands)
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Nelson Oliveira (Portugal)

Nelson Oliveira (Portugal)
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Rohan Dennis (Australia)

Rohan Dennis (Australia)
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Taylor Phinney (USA)

Taylor Phinney (USA)
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Vegard Stake Laengen (Norway

Vegard Stake Laengen (Norway (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Hafiz Tahir Mahmood (Pakistan)

Hafiz Tahir Mahmood (Pakistan) (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Naveen John (India)

Naveen John (India) (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Burr Ho (Hong Kong, China)

Burr Ho (Hong Kong, China) (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Stephen Cummings (Great Britain)

Stephen Cummings (Great Britain) (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Jack Bauer (New Zealand)

Jack Bauer (New Zealand) (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kazakhstan)

Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kazakhstan) (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Ryan Roth (Canada)

Ryan Roth (Canada) (Image credit: Getty Images)

Tony Martin (Germany) used his power and experience to win the elite men time trial world title for a fourth time in his successful career.

The Etixx-QuickStep professional returned to his traditional time trial position recently and seems to have rediscovered the speed that gave him three world titles between 2011 and 2013. Martin handled the heat and humidity well, staying in his aerodynamic tuck and pushing through the hot air at an average speed of 53.651 km/h.

He set a time of 44:42 for the 40km course, beating 2015 world champion Vasil Kiryienka (Belarus) by 45 seconds. Jonathan Castroviejo (Spain) was third at 1:10. Maciej Bodnar (Poland) finished a surprising fourth after being ignored by the television cameras with a time of 45:59, 1:16 slower than Martin.

Ireland's Ryan Mullen occupied the hot seat for a long time after setting a time 46:06. He suffered nervously as many of his rivals failed to beat his excellent time but had to be content with fifth place.

Several big name time trialists and predicted contenders performed below expectations, with the heat and the fatigue of a long season clearly impacting some riders' performances.

Rohan Dennis (Australia) set a time of 46:10 to finish sixth after struggling to push a big gear in the final part of the time trial. He finished 1:27 slower than Martin. Tom Dumoulin (Netherlands) finished a more distant 11th at 2:01, Alex Dowsett (Great Britain) was 12th at 2:11 and Taylor Phinney (USA) was 15th at 2:21.

A fourth individual world title

Martin started steady at the isolated Lusail arena in the desert and was fastest at both time checks on the road towards the finish area in the Pearl residential complex. He pushed his usual huge gear with his mouth open sucking in as much air as possible.

He sat on a curb and waited for Kiryienka to finish his ride before celebrating victory with a loud "Yes!" and an emotional hug with Etixx-QuickStep teammate Yves Lampaert of Belgium, who finished seventh.

Like long-time rival Fabian Cancellara, Martin has now won four individual time trial world titles. He will wear the rainbow jersey for the Katusha-Alpecin team in 2017 after deciding to leave Etixx-QuickStep.

"The course was really made for me. The only thing I was scared of was the heat but I had good preparation at home, then coming here having a good week with the team, getting a lot of knowledge about what I had to do. I was also strong in the head, I was not the favourite, I had no pressure, I just had fun on the road, I have to say.”

According to calculations by French newspaper L'Equipe, 44 of Martin's 60 career victories have come in time trials. He added his individual victory in Qatar to the team time trial title won with Etixx-QuickStep on Sunday.

"I always said I don't count the victories," Martin said. "I look forward from year to year, and I want to be world champion every year. I'm so proud I am able to wear the world champion's suit next year – I've missed it a lot. Now I'm looking forward to riding with the rainbow jersey next season."

Before then Martin will be part of the German team in Sunday's elite men road race, where he will support Andre Greipel and Marcel Kittel.

 

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Tony Martin (Germany)0:44:42.99
2Vasil Kiryienka (Belarus)0:00:45.05
3Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spain)0:01:10.91
4Maciej Bodnar (Poland)0:01:16.77
5Ryan Mullen (Ireland)0:01:21.75
6Rohan Dennis (Australia)0:01:27.12
7Yves Lampaert (Belgium)0:01:45.11
8Jos Van Emden (Netherlands)0:01:45.41
9Reto Hollenstein (Switzerland)0:01:51.51
10Bob Jungels (Luxembourg)0:01:56.59
11Tom Dumoulin (Netherlands)0:02:01.51
12Alex Dowsett (Great Britain)0:02:11.08
13Martin Toft Madsen (Denmark)0:02:11.42
14Marcin Bialoblocki (Poland)0:02:15.30
15Taylor Phinney (United States Of America)0:02:21.68
16Anton Vorobyev (Russian Federation)0:02:22.67
17Stefan Küng (Switzerland)0:02:25.04
18Luke Durbridge (Australia)0:02:28.34
19Andriy Grivko (Ukraine)0:02:34.95
20Nelson Oliveira (Portugal)0:02:35.60
21Gatis Smukulis (Latvia)0:02:37.85
22Manuel Quinziato (Italy)0:02:39.35
23Vegard Stake Laengen (Norway)0:02:44.01
24Primoz Roglic (Slovenia)0:02:46.06
25Stephen Cummings (Great Britain)0:02:48.53
26Victor Campenaerts (Belgium)0:02:51.00
27Jack Bauer (New Zealand)0:03:04.37
28Alexey Vermeulen (United States Of America)0:03:15.00
29Hugo Houle (Canada)0:03:17.24
30Nicolas Roche (Ireland)0:03:17.57
31Ryan Roth (Canada)0:03:21.44
32Kanstantsin Siutsou (Belarus)0:03:25.59
33Jasha Sutterlin (Germany)0:03:26.51
34Jeremy Roy (France)0:03:28.52
35Johan Le Bon (France)0:03:29.21
36Soren Kragh Andersen (Denmark)0:03:43.97
37Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spain)0:03:45.96
38Gediminas Bagdonas (Lithuania)0:03:47.13
39Edvald Boasson Hagen (Norway)0:03:50.03
40Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kazakhstan)0:04:04.39
41Walter Alejandro Vargas Alzate (Colombia)0:04:32.37
42Ramunas Navardauskas (Lithuania)0:04:43.94
43Maxim Belkov (Russian Federation)0:05:01.51
44Daniel Turek (Czech Republic)0:05:05.81
45Branislau Samoilau (Belarus)0:05:08.39
46Mekseb Debesay (Eritrea)0:05:09.99
47Andriy Vasylyuk (Ukraine)0:05:28.88
48Muradjan Halmuratov (Uzbekistan)0:05:46.52
49Elchin Asadov (Azerbaijan)0:05:49.44
50Eugert Zhupa (Albania)0:05:52.91
51Maksym Averin (Azerbaijan)0:06:49.11
52Redi Halilaj (Albania)0:06:55.30
53Polychronis Tzortzakis (Greece)0:07:08.86
54Soufiane Haddi (Morocco)0:07:39.18
55Naveen John (India)0:07:48.15
56Zhandos Bizhigitov (Kazakhstan)0:07:49.65
57Meron Teshome Hagos (Eritrea)0:07:59.40
58Burr Ho (Hong Kong, China)0:08:23.62
59Bonaventure Uwizeyimana (Rwanda)0:10:22.54
60Afif Abdullah (Qatar)0:12:53.79
61Arvind Panwar (India)0:13:30.99
62Alban Nuha (Kosovo)0:13:42.35
63Sultan Asiri (Saudi Arabia)0:15:22.97
64Mohsin Khan (Pakistan)0:15:50.70
65Hafiz Tahir Mahmood (Pakistan)0:16:23.03
66Saied Jafer Alali (Kuwait)0:16:32.52
DNSMatti Manninen (Finland)
DNSMansoor Jawad (Bahrain)
DNSSalman Hasan Alsaffar (Kuwait)
DNSSayed Ahmed Alawi (Bahrain)

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