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Cycling: Contador wins in Basque Country, Martin takes time-trial

Spaniard Alberto Contador won the Tour of the Basque Country for the third time on Saturday as Germany's Tony Martin claimed his second stage win in the individual time-trial. A two-time winner of the Tour de France, 31-year-old Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) had led the race from the first day and finished in style as he ended the 25.9km time trial around Markina-Xemein in second place just seven seconds behind Martin, a triple time-trial world champion.

Cycling: Contador wins in Basque Country, Martin takes time-trial

Spaniard Alberto Contador won the Tour of the Basque Country for the third time on Saturday as Germany's Tony Martin claimed his second stage win of the race in the individual time trial. A two-time winner of the Tour de France, 31-year-old Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) had led the race from the first day and finished in style as he ended the 25.9km time trial around Markina-Xemein in second place just seven seconds behind Martin, a three time world time trial champion.

Cycling: Martin defends world time trial title

Germany's Tony Martin came close to matching the speed of his six-man Omega-Pharma team on his way to a third consecutive time trial title at the world road race cycling championships Wednesday. Britain's reigning Olympic champion Bradley Wiggins finished second, with Swiss former champion Fabian Cancellara taking the bronze. Martin clocked a winning time of 1hr 05min 36sec on the mainly flat 57.8km course from Montecatini Terme to Florence to beat Wiggins by 46sec, with Cancellara finishing 48sec off the German's pace.

Cycling: Martin shrugs off injuries with stunning ride

Germany's Tony Martin confirmed he has put his injury concerns behind him with yet another stunning time-trial performance on the 11th stage of the Tour de France on Wednesday. Martin won the 33-kilometre individual time-trial from Avranches to Mont-Saint-Michel in 36min 29.87sec to beat overall race leader Chris Froome by 12 seconds, with no other rider getting within a minute of the German.

Cycling: Martin to 'kill' TT but Froome waiting to pounce

Germany's reigning world champion Tony Martin is expected to dominate the first big time trial of the 100th Tour de France, but race leader Chris Froome is waiting to pounce. Martin, a two-time world champion in the discipline, has been to hell and back on the race so far having survived atrocious injuries from a crash on the first stage to continue for his Omega-Pharma team. For Scot David Millar, there will be only one winner of Wednesday's 33-kilometre race against the clock from Avranches to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Cycling: Martin given all-clear to start second stage

Two-time world time-trial champion Tony Martin has been given the all-clear to start Sunday's second stage of the Tour de France despite suffering a nasty fall in Saturday's opener, his team said. The Omega Pharma-QuickStep team confirmed via Twitter that Martin, 28, would ride the 156 kilometres across Corsica from Bastia to Ajaccio after hospital examinations on Saturday night revealed that he did not suffer any fractures when sent to the ground in a mass crash near the end of Saturday's stage.

Cycling: Injured Martin set to be first Tour casualty

Two-time world time-trial champion Tony Martin looked set to be the first rider to withdraw from the Tour de France on Saturday, as the German was taken to hospital with a serious-looking injury following a fall on the opening stage. A host of riders, among them Alberto Contador, went to ground as the finish of the first stage, a 213-kilometre ride from Porto-Vecchio to Bastia on Corsica, was marred by a series of crashes.

Cycling: Injured Martin set to be first Tour casualty

Two-time world time-trial champion Tony Martin looked set to be the first rider to withdraw from the Tour de France on Saturday, as the German was taken to hospital with a serious-looking injury following a fall on the opening stage. A host of riders, among them Alberto Contador, went to ground as the finish of the first stage, a 213-kilometre ride from Porto-Vecchio to Bastia on Corsica, was marred by a series of crashes.

Cycling: No fracture for crash-victim Martin

Two-time world time-trial champion Tony Martin escaped without any fractures despite suffering a nasty fall on the first stage of the Tour de France on Saturday, his Omega Pharma-Quick Step team confirmed. Despite that, he was suffering from concussion, a contusion on his left lung, widespread bruising, and a deep cut on his left elbow. As a result, the team admitted that doubt still surrounds his chances of being at the start of Sunday's second stage. "Tony Martin will join the rest of the team tonight after today's examinations," they said in a statement.

Cycling: Injured Martin set to be first Tour casualty

Two-time world time-trial champion Tony Martin looked set to be the first rider to withdraw from the Tour de France on Saturday, as the German was taken to hospital with a serious-looking injury following a fall on the opening stage. A host of riders, among them Alberto Contador, went to ground as the finish of the first stage, a 213-kilometre ride from Porto-Vecchio to Bastia on Corsica, was marred by a series of crashes.
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