De­part­ing Martin helps Etixx win world ti­tle

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Tony Martin gave Etixx-Quick Step a part­ing gift as he helped them claim the men’s team time-trial ti­tle at the World Cham­pi­onships in Qatar yes­ter­day, his last race for the Bel­gians. Etixx won a tight race in a time of 42mins 32.39secs, just eleven sec­onds ahead of BMC to re­verse last year’s re­sult. Aus­tralia’s Orica-BikeEx­change fin­ished third with early race lead­ers Team Sky fourth. “It’s re­ally very emo­tional for me,” time-trial spe­cial­ist Martin said after­wards. “It was the last race for the team, they have been a fam­ily for me in the last five years and I knew it was a last chance to lead the team to a great vic­tory.”

Martin, a three-time world cham­pion, will join Ka­tusha next year. Boels Dole­mans, who also in­cluded reign­ing road race world cham­pion Lizzie Deignan (for­merly Ar­mis­tead) and four-times world cham­pion Ellen van Dijk, brushed away the op­po­si­tion to fin­ish the course in 48mins 41.62secs. That was al­most a minute ahead of their near­est ri­vals, Ger­mans Canyon Sram Rac­ing, with Amer­i­cans Twenty16-Ride­biker third. It was a sweet end for Stevens, 33, who was also part of win­ning teams in 2012, 2013 and 2014. “I came into this sea­son know­ing this was my last race, it’s nice to have a goal and it makes it very spe­cial to win,” she told AFP. The woman’s race also fea­tured a spec­tac­u­lar crash in­volv­ing Anouska Koster from the Nether­lands, rid­ing for Rabo­liv, who ploughed into a bar­rier. The races were held in swel­ter­ing con­di­tions, where the tem­per­a­ture reached as high as 35 de­grees Cel­sius (95 de­grees Fahren­heit). —AFP


DOHA: BMC Rac­ing Team’s cyclists com­pete in the men’s team time trial event as part of the 2016 UCI Road World Cham­pi­onships yes­ter­day, in the Qatari cap­i­tal Doha.

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