Tony Martin rode in the breakaway during stage 5 of the 2014 Tour de Fance, from  Ypres to Arenberg Porte du Hainaut. Photo: Cor Vos.
  • Tristan

    Amazing quote from Kristoff. He basically said, “Great! Another skull for me to crush!”

  • Tobi

    The question is whether he really wants to become a classics rider or if he still dreams of being a Grand Tour contender. He has all it takes to win the cobbled classics but I can’t help thinking that it’s not what he and Aldag really desire. There’s absolutely nothing but the Tour in Germany and, so far, neither one seems to ever have had another approach to cycling. He will be a force to be reckoned with, though, regardless of him putting all his eggs in this basket.

  • Completely agree with Dege.

  • Luke Bartlett

    speaking of classics, what is the best way of watching them? are there live streams of the races? (i’m in melbourne)

  • smart rs

    great in-depth article thanks
    this quote amused me – given recent developments!
    “If we get Tony in there, and he gets his engine started, no one is going to catch him… He’ll be something like Cancellara, probably.”

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  • Andy B

    I channelled my inner tony martin for a win on the weekend

  • Grammarian

    “Inexperience will be Martin’s weakness, though at last year’s Tour de France he proved that it’s far from essential . . . .” Is the antecedent of “it” “inexperience” or “weakness”?

    • Neal Rogers

      That was a bit clunky. You’re living up to your username! Hope you like the revised sentence.

  • yal

    how is boonen the “greatest of his generation”??? both him and cancellara have 7 monuments while spartacus has more podium finishes in the monuments as well as more #2 places. looking at the quantitative data would indicate that boonen is not the “greatest”

    • Neal Rogers

      Fair point. The intention there was “cobblestone classics,” as Boonen’s record on the pavé is unprecedented: Roubaix (4 wins), Flanders (3 wins), Gent-Wevelgem (3 wins), E3 Harelbeke (5 wins), Scheldeprijs (2 wins), and Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne (3 wins). I’ll make that edit.

  • Kieran Degan

    His tour stage win last year was one of my favourites.

  • Dave

    If he was a bit more honest about what he was actually thinking, Lefevere would have said something along the lines of:

    “We’ve put him in the classics squad because the inbreds in last year’s classics squad couldn’t get a single win last year even with the aid of going to the final with a 3-on-1 advantage!”

  • a different ben

    Can’t get used to “impact” as a verb

  • duckingtiger

    Good article, he should be a force on the cobble for sure. His body seems made for this type of racing. Would be cool to see EQS boss all the Classics, actually winning them, not just having four guys mass the front and miss podium…


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