Volta Algarve Stage 3 TT – Martin Fastest


Tony Martin wins 19km Volta Algarve Stage 3 ITT but Geraint Thomas is third and holds on to his overall lead

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Volta Algarve Stage 3 TT – Martin Fastest

The German Time Trial Champion Tony Martin won the 19km Volta Algarve Stage 3 Time Trial but Welsh rider Geraint Thomas was third at only three seconds and holds on to his overall lead.


Photo:  Etixx – Quick-Step/Tim De Waele

It was the first win of the season for Tony Martin. “It’s nice to get a win in my German National TT Champion skinsuit,” Martin said. “I wore it also as Champion in 2011, but since then it was just more or less in my cellar, in my training room, because I was always wearing my World TT Champion jersey”.

“I’m also proud to wear this German Champion jersey to represent my country. It maybe doesn’t carry the same prestige as the one of the world champion, but you can still show the colors of your country and that is always an honor. So far it has brought me some luck”.

“It’s a really nice start to the season. The first race is always difficult because you don’t really know where you are. I felt already really good in training, but races are still different. So already getting a good result is big for my confidence. As for the parcours today, most of it was the same as last year,” Martin continued. “But still, it was longer than last year, with a hard finale and a headwind section”.


Photo:  Etixx – Quick-Step/Tim De Waele

“It was decent for me because there was a hard part at the end where I could really play with my power. I think in the split times I was a little bit slower than Thomas, but I made up the time in the final to even win against Malori. That’s what I love, going really hard on a flat with a headwind or a crosswind. That lets me show my power. But seeing where you are is not just about the results”.

“It’s important to check the condition overall and it was even good yesterday in the climbs. In February you never know where your condition is and I’m really happy it is going so well. Especially in Algarve, as I come here every year and it is nice to win again”.

Next up is a 215.7km Stage 4, from Tavira to Malhao. It is the longest stage, includes three categorized climbs in the final kilometres, and finishes on a Category 2 ascent.

1. Tony Martin, Etixx-QuickStep 0:21:51
2. Adriano Mallori, Movistar 0:00:00
3. Geraint Thomas, Team Sky 0:00:03
4. Michal Kwiatkowski, Etixx-QuickStep 0:00:09

1. Geraint Thomas, Team Sky 9:34:50
2. Tony Martin, Etixx-QuickStep 0:00:30
3. Michal Kwiatkowski, Etixx-QuickStep 0:00:39

9. Richie Porte (Aus) Team Sky 0:01:33

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