Martin, 36, made his professional debut in 2005 as an intern at Gerolsteiner. A time trial specialist, he won four world championship titles in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2016 and ten German championship titles. He also has to his list the general classification of Paris-Nice in 2011, five stage victories in the Tour de France and two in the Tour of Spain, all in time trial.
The German rider will therefore draw a line on his career after the Worlds where he will participate in the time trial on Sunday and in the mixed team relay on Wednesday. “It wasn’t an easy decision to make,” Martin explained on his social media. “Cycling is an integral part of my life and I have achieved what every young rider dreams of. In recent months, I have thought more about what I would do after cycling. The bad falls this year also made me wonder if I am ready to continue to face the risks of our sport. I decided that I didn’t want to, especially since the safety of the races did not improve despite the many discussions about the courses and the barriers. “
” I will never forget you ”
“I want to say goodbye in an appropriate way during the Worlds time trial that I have won four times. I trained hard for it. I would like to thank the Jumbo-Visma team for their support over the past three years and for giving me the opportunity to end my career in this way, as I wanted. I also want to express my deepest thanks to my family, friends, fans and all my colleagues. Without you, I would not have been able to live my dream and I will never forget you ”, concluded the German.