Tony Martin and his team Jumbo-Visma have a dream start to the tour behind them. The Eschborner led his team to victory in the time trial – and is also an important pillar for other reasons.
With champagne, Tony Martin and his colleagues made the perfect start to the Tour de France. The professionals of Team Jumbo-Visma had their dream weekend in Brussels in a good mood and totally relieved.
"It's amazing, it's great to be celebrating this success with seven teammates," said 34-year-old specialist Martin, who had driven the outsider over the top spot in Ineos with a € 14 million mini-budget to win the team time trial , He announced a celebration in an "intimate atmosphere" – and there was every reason to do so late on Sunday evening.
"Self-runner" on the first weekend
The first leg was won by Martin's team-mate Mike Teunissen and secured the yellow jersey. Together with the victory in the team time trial on Sunday, the target of victories is almost fulfilled on the first weekend.
"We have been working extremely hard since the winter, and we have been extremely strengthened by the results of the previous months, we were strengthened by the opening win, then it is a self-run somewhere," said Martin after he and his colleagues confirmed their strength demonstrated with a 20 second lead.
"If everything goes wrong, we still have Tony"
Although Jumbo-Visma has only a third of the annual budget of rival Ineos, the Dutch work with heart and brain – and push their team with meaningful commitments closer and closer to the top. Tying four-time time-trial World Champion Martin von Katusha-Alpecin has already paid off for the great victory under the Atomium alone. "It's great when such a plan works," said the Eschborn.
But the German gives the team even more, as the sporting director Grischa Niermann described: "Tony is there with his presence and brings the team in. If everything goes wrong, we still have Tony." This also says what he means for a role plays in a team. "
The cycling expert looks the same. I'm a man for the rough, I try to be the pillar of the team, and of course in the team time trial, it's totally okay for me, I can sacrifice 100 percent for the team, "said Martin. In escape groups, he did not want to go on this tour, but concentrate entirely on his services as a helper.
Marcel Kittel as reinforcement?
Jumbo-Visma looks like the team that can handle setbacks the sooner and presents a plan B quickly. When top sprinter Groenewegen rushed to the start, won his driver Teunissen. Without the Giro third and ex-ski jumper Primoz Roglic, who omits the tour, it has to judge Kruijswijk for the overall standings. And another reinforcement is already in prospect: Marcel Kittel, who is currently pausing, should be a candidate.
"Every team needs a second sprinter, so maybe Marcel Kittel will have to, we have to," said Groenewegen, who clearly claims the number one status. Regardless of whether or not Kittel comes – on this tour you should continue to shine without the 14-time stage winner. Also thanks to Tony Martin.