Sunday July 13th, 2014

Stage 9Gérardmer / Mulhouse

Start 13h20 (Local time)

Tony Martin: "I've invented a second time trial at the Tour"

interview13.07.2014Stage 9- Gérardmer / Mulhouse

Stage winner, most aggressive rider of the day, king of the mountains.

"It's not better to win this way than a time trial but it's special. I already tried to do it at the Tour de France but I only came second at the Mont Ventoux [in 2009]. The difference between winning a time trial and a normal stage like today is that I had more time to enjoy it today. With three minutes lead, I knew I had the race in my hand. It was an incredible feeling. In time trials, I often have to wait for a long time to know if I had won or not. The Tour de France organizers had scheduled only one time trial this year, so I invented a second one. We all knew that a breakaway could work today. When we were together with Alessandro De Marchi, I told him he could take the mountain points. Then I was aware that 28 guys were thirty seconds behind us. I decided that it didn't matter what would happen, I'd better go full gas. I knew there would be a point at which they would give up. 50 or 60km of time trialling wasn't going to be a problem for me. I never had a lack of power. It was hard to ride solo but I never got out of my comfort zone. I have an excellent condition now. I'm really proud of what I achieved. We were close to the German border and I could hear so many German fans shouting my name on the road sides. It's been a great day. It's amazing that after only nine stages, five have been won by Germans but there are two more weeks to go and I hope for the best to come for German cycling. It's also going really well for our team. We've lost Mark Cavendish on day 1 but we never lost the morale. We've always remained active in the race and showed how strong we are as a team."

  • A day of glory for Tony & Tony

    For the first time, Tony Martin has won a different stage than a time trial at the Tour de France but it looked like a time trial as he used the mid mountains stage in the Vosges to ride away with Alessandro De Marchi for 90 kilometres and solo for 59 kilometres! It was an enormous exploit by the German world champion for time trial but not the only amazing achievement of this eventful day as Frenchman Tony Gallopin took over from Vincenzo Nibali in the overall lead.

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