Tony Martin (cyclist)

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Tony Martin Road cycling
Tony Martin (2011)
Tony Martin (2011)
To person
Nickname Armored car
birth date April 23, 1985
nation GermanyGermany Germany
discipline Street
Driver type Time trial
height 185 cm
Racing weight 75 kg
To the team
Current team Jumbo Visma
function driver
End of career 2021
Club (s) / racing community (s)
2004-2005 TEAG Team Köstritzer
International team (s)
Thuringian Energy Team
Team HTC-Columbia
Etixx-Quick Step
Team Katusha Alpecin
Team Jumbo-Visma
Most important successes
Olympic games
silverOlympic runner-up - individual time trial 2012
World championships
UCI WorldTour
Last updated: September 19, 2021

Tony Martin (born April 23, 1985 in Cottbus ) is a former German cyclist . He was eight times world champion in various time trial disciplines, including four times in the individual time trial , winner of time trials in Grand Tours and also the overall winner of various stage races .


Tony Martin came to Eschborn in 1989 because his parents fled the GDR with him before the Wall came down. From 2001 he went to the sports school in Erfurt and passed his Abitur there in 2004.

Martin is a police chief ; He completed his training with the “Summer” sports promotion group at the Thuringian Police Education Center in Meiningen . He is currently released from his work as a police officer. Today Tony Martin lives in Mannenbach-Salenstein, Switzerland .


Tony Martin started cycling at RV Sossenheim in 1999 and moved to RSV Seeheim in 2000. There, in 2001, in addition to numerous victories at the Hessen championships and road races of the TMP Tour in Thuringia, the only round trip for young racing drivers , he achieved overall victory with a victory on the final stage. Tony Martin celebrated his first major success in 2003 when he became German champion in the junior individual time trial . In the following year he became German champion on the track in the team pursuit together with Christian Bach , Sascha Damrow and Jens Lehmann .

In 2005 he celebrated his first international elite victory when he won the time trial of the Rothaus Regio Tour on the Kandel as a stagiaire for the German ProTeam Gerolsteiner . He also won two stages in the Giro delle Regioni U23 race in Italy. He then took part in the U23 World Cup in Madrid . In 2006, when his team TEAG Team Köstritzer was renamed the Thuringian Energy Team , he was now able to win the German time trial championship title in the U23 class. Thanks to his victory in the Tour of Thuringia , he won the overall ranking of the newly introduced TUI Cup with drivers under the age of 23 ahead of Sebastian Schwager and Dominik Roels . He started in the time trial of the U23 World Championship in Salzburg and finished 18th.

2007 was a very successful year for Martin. He became German mountain champion , won the FBD Insurance Ras , a stage of the Thuringia Tour (there also 2nd place in the overall standings), the Coppa Città di Asti and the time trial of the Circuit des Ardennes . He also rode for several days in the yellow jersey of the Tour de l'Avenir , the U25 version of the Tour de France , until Bauke Mollema took it over and won the overall standings. In the end he came in second.

From the 2008 season he drove for the Columbia team . At the 2008 World Championship, Martin finished seventh in the time trial.

The Tour de Suisse in 2009 ended Martin second overall as well as the winner of the mountains classification . At the Tour de France 2009 he was able to take over the white jersey for the best young professional on the 3rd stage on July 6 and wore it on twelve stages. Including the Tour de France 2010 , it was a total of 15 days. He reached the royal stage to Mont Ventoux , just beaten, in second behind Juan Manuel Gárate from Spain. On July 12, 2009, he took over the top of the official ranking of the BDR for the first time . In the time trial of the UCI Road World Championships 2009 , Martin won the bronze medal on September 24, 2009.

In 2010 Tony Martin was able to build on his success in the individual time trial. On the ninth stage of the Tour de Suisse 2010 , he won the individual time trial. At the German road cycling championships, he was able to secure the German championship jersey. At the Tour de France 2010 Martin was able to achieve two second places in the time trial; he only had to admit defeat to Fabian Cancellara in the prologue and in the individual time trial . He was able to celebrate his greatest success up to then by winning the overall ranking of the Eneco Tour , on which he won the final individual time trial.

In 2011 Martin won the Algarve Tour in February . In March, after winning the individual time trial at Paris-Nice, he won the yellow jersey and defended it until the end of the tour. With the greatest success to date, he took the lead in the world rankings. In April of the same year he completed the Tour de Romandie , which is also part of the UCI WorldTour , as 2nd in the overall standings behind Cadel Evans and ahead of Alexander Vinokurow . In the Tour de France , he won the only individual time trial ahead of Cadel Evans and Alberto Contador . He also won the individual time trial at the Vuelta a España , here ahead of Chris Froome and Bradley Wiggins .

On September 1, 2011, Tony Martin announced that he would be racing for the Belgian Quick-Step team from 2012 and that in 2012 he would concentrate primarily on the Olympic time trial. 20 days later, on 21 July 2011, he won at the 2011 UCI Road World Championships in Denmark Copenhagen time trial and thus won the first time a world title. In the Tour of Beijing , which was part of the UCI WorldTour for the first time, he was able to defend the leadership jersey he won in the opening time trial until the end of the tour, thus winning the second stage race in this highest category in 2011 after Paris-Nice.

Martin gave up the Tour de France 2012 after a scaphoid fracture as a result of a fall on its 1st stage. Although the break was not completely healed at the Olympic Games, he was able to win the Olympic silver medal in the time trial behind the newly crowned winner of the Tour de France Bradley Wiggins . It was not until the end of September that the season was comparable to the previous year. Martin was able to repeat his time trial victory from the previous year at the road world championship in Limburg and also win the team time trial that was held again after 16 years as part of the team. He also won the Tour of Beijing again afterwards . In contrast to his earlier round trip victories, he did not achieve the decisive advantage for the overall victory in a time trial - the Tour of Beijing had none in 2012 - but gained a lead of 46 seconds with a solo drive on the second stage.

During the 2013 season he was able to win the individual time trial of the Tour de France again . He also won his third world title in the individual time trial and his second world title in the team time trial.

In the 2014 season he won two stages of the Tour de France, including for the first time a stage that was not an individual time trial. In addition, he was able to wear the spotted jersey of the leader in the mountain classification for one day . At the Vuelta a España 2014 he won the long time trial. After giving up the tour, he finished third in the team time trial and second in the individual time trial at the subsequent world championship .

Since the Tour de France in 2015 one of his special discipline individual time trial over 13.8 kilometers started, was one of the main goals of Martin for the 2015 season with a good result, if possible, a victory in that time trial wearing the yellow jersey he took in this with five seconds behind Rohan Dennis in second place. On the following two stages, too, he missed taking the lead in the overall standings by a few seconds. However, on the fourth stage , which was covered with many cobblestone sections, he managed to take over the overall leader's yellow jersey with a solo attack three kilometers from the finish line . He carried this until the 6th stage from Abbeville to Le Havre , where he fell so badly almost 1000 meters from the finish that he broke his collarbone and was unable to start the 7th stage .

The 2016 Tour de France was Tony Martin on the final stage in Paris because of knee pain. In the time trial of the subsequent Olympic Games he was only 12th, 3:18 minutes behind Olympic champion Fabian Cancellara. At the end of the season he won his third title in the team time trial and then his fourth title in the individual time trial at the world championships with his team Etixx-Quick Step .

In 2017 Martin switched to the Katusha Alpecin team . During the Tour de France 2018 , Martin fell in a mass fall on the eighth stage, suffered a fractured vertebra and had to give up.

For the 2019 season, Martin switched to the Dutch team Jumbo-Visma . He contested the Tour de France 2019 as a helper, but was disqualified after the 17th stage due to unsportsmanlike conduct, as he had pushed Luke Rowe away, who reciprocated with a punch and was also disqualified. Both drivers apologized in a joint video. The appeals of the teams against the decision of the jury were unsuccessful. At the time of his departure, Martin's team had won three stages and was third in the overall standings with Steven Kruijswijk . At the 2019 World Championships , he won the mixed relay with the German team .

The Tour de France in 2021 gave Martin on the eleventh stage on after a fall. Already on the first stage he was involved in a mass fall caused by a spectator. Shortly before the start of the 2021 World Championships , he announced that he had terminated the contract that was running until the end of 2022 in agreement with the team management and that the individual time trial and the mixed relay would be the last race of his career in the World Cup. The numerous serious falls in the recent past also contributed to his decision. In the world championship individual time trial, he reached sixth place. In the mixed relay , he and the German team became world champion for the eighth time at the end of his career.


  • German champions German Champion - Individual Time Trial (Juniors)
  • German champions German champion - team pursuit

Important placements

World Championship 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Road racingStreet - DNF DNF 166 - - DNF 88 DNF 69 - - - -
Individual time trialEZF 7th 3 3 1 1 1 2 7th 1 9 7th 9 - 6th
Team time trialMZF - - - - 1 1 3 2 1 9 11 2 -
Legend: DNF: did not finish , abandoned or not classified due to timeout.
Grand Tour 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Maglia Rosa Giro d'Italiagiro 128 - - - - - - - - - 110 - DNF -
Yellow jersey Tour de Francetrip - 36 137 44 DNF 106 47 DNF DNF 101 DNF DSQ 118 DNF
Red jersey Vuelta a EspañaVuelta - - - DNF DNF DNF DNF - - - - DNF - -
Legend: DNF: did not finish , abandoned or withdrawn from the race because the race was timed out. DSQ: disqualification.


Tony Martin in the rainbow jersey of the time trial world champion during the 9th stage of the 2012 Tour de France
  • BDR cyclist of the year
  • BDR cyclist of the year
  • Thuringian Sportsman of the Year (Landessportbund Thüringen & Sporthilfe Thuringia)
  • BDR cyclist of the year

Web links

Tony Martin at the German time trial championship 2017 in Chemnitz
Commons : Tony Martin  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Tom Mustroph: Dolph Lundgren and the armored car. In: Tagesspiegel . July 22, 2014. Retrieved July 19, 2018.
  2. Uwe Gerth: Already world champion in racing sleds and wrestling . Promotion of top-class sports on the Meininger Drachenberg - The sports promotion groups of the Thuringian Police - First graduates receive certificates. In: Meininger Tageblatt . January 30, 2008, p. 9 ( [PDF; 573 kB ; accessed on July 19, 2018]). Already world champion in racing sleds and wrestling ( Memento from August 19, 2011 in the Internet Archive )
  3. Jürgen Löhle: The Tour de France. German professionals and their successes . Delius-Klasing, Bielefeld 2017, ISBN 978-3-667-10922-4 , p. 158 .
  4. Manuel Schwarz / dpa: Martin new number one in the world. In: March 14, 2011, archived from the original on March 19, 2011 ; accessed on July 19, 2018 .
  5. Martin switched to Quick-Step for three years. In: . September 1, 2011.
  6. Tony Martin: Silver is like a victory. In: August 1, 2012, accessed September 19, 2021 .
  7. Martin wins second stage in Beijing - overall lead. In:, October 10, 2012.
  8. Tony Martin outclasses the competition. 20th stage of the Tour de France. In: Sportschau . July 24, 2014, archived from the original on August 5, 2014 ; accessed on July 19, 2018 .
  9. Felix Mattis: Tony Martin: Big Goals for 2015. In: November 20, 2014, archived from the original on June 2, 2015 ; Retrieved July 29, 2015 .
  10. Tony Martin wants the yellow and rainbow jerseys. In: April 21, 2015, accessed July 19, 2019 .
  11. Tour de France: Tony Martin wears the yellow jersey. In: . July 7, 2015, accessed July 7, 2015.
  12. Tour de France: Out for front runner Tony Martin. In: . July 9, 2015, accessed on July 9, 2015 (source: ZEIT ONLINE, dpa, jen).
  13. Knee pain - Tony Martin gives up 50 kilometers from the finish line. In: July 24, 2016. Retrieved July 24, 2016 .
  14. Tony Martin has to give up the tour with a fractured vertebra. In: July 14, 2018, accessed July 14, 2018 .
  15. Objections against disqualification by Martin and Rowe rejected. In: July 25, 2019, accessed July 25, 2019 .
  16. Tony Martin ended his career after the Road World Championships. In: September 19, 2021, accessed September 19, 2021 .
  17. ^ "Legend" Martin stops and misses medal , , September 19, 2021
  18. Tony Martin is cyclist of the year. In:, January 1, 2012, accessed October 21, 2018.
  19. Dirk Pille, Marco Alles: Vogel, Martin and THC women are Thuringian athletes of the year. In: Thüringer Allgemeine , December 23, 2012, accessed on December 23, 2012.