Cycling - Tony Martin defends Chrono des Nations title

World time trial champion Tony Martin defended his Chrono des Nations title in Les Herbiers, France.

Cycling - Tony Martin defends Chrono des Nations title

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Tony Martin 2012

The German time trial specialist, who also defended his 2011 world title in Limburg last month, completed the 48.5km course in 58:07, 41 seconds ahead of Omega Pharma-Quick Step team-mate Sylvain Chavanel.

BMC Racing Team’s 22-year-old American Taylor Phinney was third, one second behind Frenchman Chavanel.

French pair Jeremy Roy and Lazlo Bodrogi - the 2007 winner - were fourth and fifth respectively.

"It's a nice way to finish the season," Martin said. "When you win it's always good, I did the same even last year closing my season with a victory here.

"Today everything went perfect. There were a lot of competitors - that's why the race was so interesting. During the TT I had no radio, so it was impossible to modulate the effort. I only tried to find my tempo, a right pace and I maintained it until the end. "Sylvain was second - as a team we cannot complain about our result today.

"We were one of the best teams for the entire season. I'm proud to be part of this group. Now I will go home, I will reach my family and I will take a period of rest. I think everybody in the peloton deserves it."

The Chrono des Nations is a one-day time trial in the Vendee region of France.

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