In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Tony Martin smashes field to land fourth world time trial championship title; Four years after USADA’s Reasoned Decision, Bruyneel appeal to CAS underway in Switzerland; Pooley says Brailsford was ‘silly’ to guess her whereabouts; Yorkshire to host 2019 UCI Road World Championships; AIGCP sends strong letter to UCI opposing WorldTour reforms; Brian Cookson’s response over cycling crisis is too little, too late; La Course could expand for 2017; Dumoulin says World Champs are ‘flat’; Dimension Data signs Ryan Gibbons and Ben O’Connor; Underground Adelaide velodrome plan divides city council; On-board cameras at the World Champs; Glow in the dark bike path in Poland; Danny MacAskill’s Wee Day Out.
Your Thursday Daily News Digest
Turning back the clock after dialling back his time trial position to its previous iteration, Tony Martin grabbed his fourth Elite world TT title in Doha, Qatar on Wednesday with a storming ride.
“It is amazing, I can’t believe it. Everyone knows I didn’t have a good year so far until Sunday,” he said, referring to the Etixx QuickStep team’s victory in the team time trial. “Becoming world champion here is incredible. It makes everything forgotten that happened during the year. It was amazing and I think it will give me a lot of strength for next year.”
The German rider finished a clear 46 seconds clear of last year’s champion Vasil Kiryienka (Belarus), who did what he could to repeat but had to settle for silver. Spain’s Jonathan Castroviejo was one minute 11 seconds back in third, while Rohan Dennis (6th), Bob Jungels (10th), Tom Dumoulin (11th), Alex Dowsett (12th), Taylor Phinney (15th), and Luke Durbridge (18th) will likely be disappointed with their performances.
One who will be encouraged, though, is young Irishman Ryan Mullen. He was one of the earliest starters, set the quickest time and remained in the hotseat until the final few minutes of the competition. He eventually finished fifth, one minute 22 back and just 11 seconds off bronze. Given that Mullen is young enough to have ridden the under 23 event, he will be back in future years fully believing he can take gold.
Martin doesn’t have to look ahead, though. He can savour a rainbow jersey right now, repeating his victories in 2011, 2012 and 2013.
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Today’s feature image comes from the men’s time trial at the UCI Road World Championships.