Martin sprints to overall Eneco victory

Eurosport - Tue, 24 Aug 17:37:00 2010

Tony Martin of HTC-Columbia took overall victory in the Eneco Tour after winning the seventh and final time trial stage in Genk, Belgium.

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Martin triumphed on the 16.9km TT by six seconds to secure a winning margin of 31 seconds from Koos Moerenhout (Rabobank), who was fifth on the stage.

Dutchman Moerenhout was 11 seconds adrift after stage six.

"Winning the last time trial is a truly perfect way of ending the race, and it will keep me really motivated for the final part of the year," Martin said. "It's a great feeling to have taken such an important win, and I'm now on track for my next few targets.

"I'll ease back a little bit now, and then start my final build-up for the World Championships Time Trial in Australia with a ride in the Tour of Britain.

"I can't say what will happen in the World Championships, and it'll be hard to beat (defending champion) Fabian Cancellara, but I've been working hard on my time trialling and we'll see how it goes."

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HTC-Columbia sports director Brian Holm said: "What impressed me the most about Tony was how he turned around after the Tour de France and came back to do so well here.

"We talked about his ambitions and didn't know whether he would be so good, but once he got in the break where he took the lead, we knew he had a chance. However, for sure we didn't take anything for granted.

"One stage went over part of the Amstel Gold race course, another used part of Fleche Wallone and then today we knew Moerenhout is a strong time triallist so we went all out right to the very end."

Team Sky's Edvald Boasson Hagen was sixth on Tuesday to take third in the General Classification, a minute and 46 seconds behind Martin. The Norwegian won the sprint classification.


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