The Link: Tony Martin’s 175km solo Vuelta break

Vuelta a España – stage 6, August 2013


When Tony Martin slipped away soon after the flag dropped in Guijuelo, the peloton left the German to fry alone under the Spanish sun, safe in the knowledge they’d be seeing him later in the day. Remarkably, the reigning world time-trial champion’s determination to both start and end the day solo produced one of the most nail biting finish line catches in racing history.


With less than a minute in hand and 20km remaining, Martin’s prospects looked slim, but he clung on with aplomb to pass under the flame rouge with a six second lead. Within spitting distance of the line, following 175km at the head of the race, the sprinters swept by and Michael Mørkøv stole the stage. “The race was 100m too long for me,” said the unsmiling Martin afterwards. A cruel end to an amazing ride.


Suggested by Iain Cannell


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