Palermo (dpa) – Four-time world time trial champion Tony Martin will become a father for the second time this fall and has adjusted his racing calendar accordingly, the 35-year-old pro rider of the ARD sports show said.

“I was actually scheduled for the Vuelta, that’s a month later. My girlfriend is expecting the second baby – my second daughter. The date would then probably collide with the Vuelta. That’s why I decided with the team that I ride the Giro, ‘said the Cottbuser before the Giro d’Italia.

Jumbo-Visma professional Martin came into action in the Tour de France until September 20 and covered 3484 kilometers. Barely two weeks later, he is now at the start of the Giro, which starts on October 3 with a stage to Palermo. “The degree of recovery is not ideal, but in that case I have to say: family takes precedence over sport, so we tried to find a compromise here,” explains Martin.

According to Martin, the time of the really big victories is over. “Basically I have had the most stressful phase of my career and now I can enjoy a little bit of retirement life in cycling. I am still part of the success, but I no longer have the huge burden. currently enjoying it, “said the Cottbuser

Meanwhile, the competition, especially the next generation, was fierce, Martin insisted: “I have to say that now I’ve noticed the guys pushing really hard from below. I can openly admit I was partially overtaken. Maybe things are like that.”

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