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Martin produces strong TT to improve Romandie GC

Posted 29 April 2012

By Cillian Kelly,

Daniel Martin performed brilliantly in today's final stage time trial at the Tour de Romandie where he finished in 15th place in the 16.5km test. 
 
The showing was enough to move Martin (Garmin-Barracuda) into 14th place in the final general classification.
 
The race overall was won by Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) who was also victorious in today's time trial stage.
 
Although time-trialling is not considered one of Martin's strengths, the route around the ski resort at Crans-Montana in the Swiss Alps contained a significant climb in the middle section. The Irishman used his climbing abilities well to limit his losses to just 68 seconds against the time trial specialist Wiggins.
 
 
It was Martin's best ever performance in a time trial since he turned professional and it was enough to catapult him from 26th in the general classification up into 14th position.
 
In the race for the overall, Wiggins proved once more, just as he did in Paris-Nice back in March, that he should be considered one of the outstanding favourites for victory in this year's Tour de France.
 
Having conceded the leader's jersey to Luis Leon Sanchez thanks to a time bonus gained by the Spaniard's victory in yesterday's stage, Wiggins made no mistake today by putting 1'23" into him by the end of the stage and regaining the leader's jersey.
 
Sanchez will be disappointed with his performance as the time he lost meant he dropped down to tenth position in the final standings. Wiggins's closest challenger was Martin's Garmin-Barracuda team-mate Andrew Talansky.
 
The young American only lost the time trial by a fraction of a second to Wiggins and also finished second overall by just 12 seconds. The final podium was completed the Portuguese rider Rui Costa (Movistar).
 
Result:
 
Tour de Romandie
 
Stage 5: Crans-Montana - 16.5km ITT
 
1. Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky), 16.5km in 28’56”
2. Andrew Talansky (Garmin-Barracuda) at 1 second
3. Richie Porte (Team Sky) at 17 seconds
4. Rui Costa (Movistar) at 23 seconds
5. Roman Kreuziger (Astana) at 40 seconds
6. Sylwester Szmyd (Liquigas-Cannondale) at 42 seconds
7. Michael Rogers (Team Sky) at 43 seconds
8. Thibaut Pinot (FDJ-BigMat) at 52 seconds
9. Thomas De Gendt (Vacansoleil-DCM) at 54 seconds
10. Janez Brajkovic (Astana) at 55 seconds
 
15. Daniel Martin (Garmin-Barracuda) at 1 minute 8 seconds
 
Final General Classification
 
1. Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky)
2. Andrew Talansky (Garmin-Barracuda) at 12 seconds
3. Rui Costa (Movistar) at 36 seconds
4. Richie Porte (Team Sky) at 45 seconds
5. Michael Rogers (Team Sky) at 50 seconds
6. Roman Kreuziger (Astana) at 59 seconds
7. Sylwester Szmyd (Liquigas-Cannondale) at 1 minute 3 seconds
8. Simon Spilak (Katusha) at 1 minute 13 seconds
9. Janez Brajkovic (Astana) at 1 minute 14 seconds
10. Luis León Sánchez (Rabobank) at 1 minute 15 seconds
 
14. Daniel Martin (Garmin-Barracuda) at 1 minute 31 seconds

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