Three-time world time trial champion, Tony Martin, announced that he hopes to attempt the Hour Record something next season.
The Omega Pharma – Quick Step rider, told German media site, Radsport-News, the Hour record is on his agenda, and he’s hopeful that his team will support his efforts
“I will discuss it with my team in December so that we can implement it without my goals on the road being affected,” he said. “That is the essential factor.
“I need to find time to prepare without affecting my road shape. Since I have capable people around me, and a team that supports me, I think that we will find a date in the coming year.”
With goal of challenging Hour record in his sights, Martin also understands he faces some formidable opponents, like Bradley Wiggins, who many feel will be unbeatable.
“Above all, his advantage from the outset is already infinitely large, in terms of experience. He comes from the track,” Martin continued. “I am sure that I will need more time to adapt than he will. Maybe two, three or four experiments will be needed to find the punch that he will have. But I want to work on it, and after the first training on the track I will be able to tell if it is realistic or not.”
Martin lost his world championship jersey to Wiggins in Ponferrada last September, but insists the setback has simply spurred him on even more to regain the title in 2015.
“The disappointment gave way pretty rapidly to the fighting spirit and motivation to try for the jersey next year,” Martin said. “I was tired and had miscalculated something. I should have had the courage to gap. But I learned from it, and it is better that this is happening now than before the Olympic Games.
“I will correct the faults and show to everyone next year that I am the best.”
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