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Old 04-28-13, 05:57 PM   #1
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Why doesn't Tony Martin ride the classics?

Anyone have any insights as to why Tony Martin doesn't ride the classics?

As for as I can tell, Tony Martin can TT as well as Cancellara, and climb as well as him, if not better.

I think he could definitely challenge Cancellara and Boonen.
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Old 04-28-13, 06:23 PM   #2
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I think I just saw the folley of my question; he's on the same team as Boonen.
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That could be it - or maybe its something else. It does seem like a type of racing which would suit him. Has he done them in the past?
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He's a pure steady guy, good for TT's and GC.
Explosive attacks, peloton position, top end sprints, not really his thing.

Racing Classics takes huge skill, nerve, tactical sense, speed.
These are not traits I have ever seen in Tony.

Good for him though, people seem to like TT's for some reason, so he's got a livelihood for years to come.
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He has no sprint, and while he can climb, he's not going to ride you off his wheel on the Murs like Cancellara can. Not his sort of races at all, I shouldn't have thought.
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He's a pure steady guy, good for TT's and GC.


Good for him though, people seem to like TT's for some reason, so he's got a livelihood for years to come.
Because they are the purest form of speed racing. No teammates, no wheels to follow, just you and the clock, at maximum effort for about an hour. They are necessary for all stage racing, if you want a legitimate, overall champion. 135 lb pure climbers should not be able to win GT's by summit finishes alone, it's not a legitimate victory without the TT, IMO.

Granted, just watching one man pedal in the TT position for an hour is not the most exciting thing in bike racing, but adding the drama of all contenders, and how they relate to one another in terms of time IS exciting.
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Because they are the purest form of speed racing. No teammates, no wheels to follow, just you and the clock, at maximum effort for about an hour. They are necessary for all stage racing, if you want a legitimate, overall champion. 135 lb pure climbers should not be able to win GT's by summit finishes alone, it's not a legitimate victory without the TT, IMO.

Granted, just watching one man pedal in the TT position for an hour is not the most exciting thing in bike racing, but adding the drama of all contenders, and how they relate to one another in terms of time IS exciting.
I agree, but am never a fan of pure TT'ists.
I like guys who have the ability to "race" a bike.
Levi bored me to tears.
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speaking of Levi - did he ever catch on with a team or is he still in exile?
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That could be it - or maybe its something else. It does seem like a type of racing which would suit him. Has he done them in the past?
Not a clue, just started watching the classics this year... boy what fun that was!
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I saw a interview with Martin recently where he said that he hates riding on cobbles and considers the classics as too dangerous. Apart from just winning TT's, Martin has won several shorter (1 week) stage races by blitzing the TT, and then controlling the rest of the stages enough to win the GC.
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I saw a interview with Martin recently where he said that he hates riding on cobbles and considers the classics as too dangerous. Apart from just winning TT's, Martin has won several shorter (1 week) stage races by blitzing the TT, and then controlling the rest of the stages enough to win the GC.
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