09/03/2013 – (rsn) – After the queen stage at Tirreno-Adriatico is Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-Quick-quilted) buried all his hopes of a good result overall. The time trial world champion lost on Saturday at the 4th Stage over 173 kilometers from Narni to the summit finish in Prati di Tivo more than six minutes on stage winner Christopher Froome (Sky) and fell back in the overall standings hopeless.
In the 15 km long and an average of seven percent steep final climb Martin could no longer follow the early pace of the favorites – “a little surprising to me,” as in a post on its website the evening wrote. 37th place at the finish, and 6:11 minutes behind meant for the 27-year meant the end of all ambitions. Was a real reason for his poor performance not call Martin.
“Actually, there was not a hard pace tightening at the time when I fell off. Four men from Sky are driven forward by an equal pace. I could not mobilize as usual, “the Omega Pharma-captain. “But it was not like I would have been fully in lactate. It felt more like I had eaten too little. But that was not the case. The legs were just empty. These days there are just unfortunately too, “was his conclusion.
Martin did not forget to point out the positive day, his teammates experienced – in Italy and in France at Paris-Nice. “Michal Kwiatkowski today had great legs and was able to take his fourth day place the lead in the overall standings. […] Positive of the day was also because Sylvain Chavanel has now won the stage in Paris-Nice,” said Martin, his eyes now been directed to the last day of Tirreno-Adriatico: “I hope now that Michal wins Tour time trial and I can once again get my potential.”