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Tony Martin wins Tour de Suisse time trial

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Martin is a time trial specialist (©GettyImages)
Martin is a time trial specialist (©GettyImages).

Tony Martin wins the opening stage of the Tour de Suisse with Bradley Wiggins struggling for Team Sky.

Martin completed the relatively short 9.4km time trial course in 13 minutes and 48 seconds, six seconds ahead of second placed Tom Dumoulin and 13 seconds in front of Rohan Dennis in third.

Wiggins could only manage a 14th placed finish in a discipline which he is usually very good at. The Brit rolled in 32 seconds behind Martin.

Team Sky's Peter Kennaugh also finished ahead of Wiggins to make him the highest placed British rider after stage one. Kennaugh was 29 seconds down on the German.

Sprinter Peter Sagan finished in an impressive sixth on a course which was flat for the first half but included a climb towards the end.

Martin who is a triple world time trial champion has now had four victories this season. All of these wins have come in individual time trials.

Wiggins who has said that it is unlikely he will feature in the Tour de France this year will hope he can find the form he had during the Tour of California so that he can prepare ahead of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Stage two of the Tour de Suisse starts in Bellinzona and finishes in Sarnen, with the 181.8km route being fairly mountainous.

Result
Tour de Suisse 2014, stage one: Bellinzona 9.4km
1. Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quick Step in 13-48
2. Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Giant-Shimano at 0-06
3. Rohan Dennis (Aus) Garmin-Sharp at 0-13
4. Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Trek at 0-16
5. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Ag2r at 0-19
6. Peter Sagan (Slo) Cannondale at st
7. Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin at 0-22
8. Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Belkin at 0-23
9. Jon Izagirre (Spa) Movistar at 0-27
10. Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Lampre-Merida at 0-29
Other
11. Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Team Sky at 0-29
14. Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Team Sky at 0-32
60. Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar at 0-55

Overall Classification after stage one
1. Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quick Step in 13-48
2. Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Giant-Shimano at 0-06
3. Rohan Dennis (Aus) Garmin-Sharp at 0-13
4. Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Trek at 0-16
5. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Ag2r at 0-19
6. Peter Sagan (Slo) Cannondale at st
7. Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin at 0-22
8. Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Belkin at 0-23
9. Jon Izagirre (Spa) Movistar at 0-27
10. Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Lampre-Merida at 0-29

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