A perfect career ending for Tony Martin
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The German time trial mixed won the gold medal at the end of Tony Martin's career at the Road World Championships in Flanders.
In the last race of the four-time individual world champion Martin, the German team needed 50:49 minutes over 44.5 flat kilometers from Knokke-Heist to Bruges and thus won ahead of the Dutch team and Italy.
Martin, Max Walscheid and Nikias Arndt set the second fastest time behind Italy in the first half before the three Olympic champions Lisa Klein, Lisa Brennauer and Mieke Kröger took to the track.
The gold trio from Tokyo on the track quickly made up for the gap to Italy and also kept the strong Orange women at a distance.
“It is a dream to go with World Cup gold.
We hoped for gold, now the dream has come true.
Now it's time to celebrate, ”said Martin after his last coup.
Lisa Klein added: “We all went over the limit.
It's such an honor to ride with Tony.
It's a present for him. "
At the premiere in 2019, the German team also won silver.
Martin and the three women were already there back then.
On Tuesday, junior Antonia Niedermaier gave the Bund Deutscher Radfahrer (BDR) the first medal when she won bronze in the fight against the clock.
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