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Offbeat cycling - World Championships (mixed relay): sacred Germany, ninth france

19:00  22 september  2021
19:00  22 september  2021 Source:   sport365.fr

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Germany, taken by its now retired Tony Martin, has become world champion of relay mixed this Wednesday in Bruges, in front of the Netherlands and Italy. France has finished in the ninth place.

hard to find better way to conclude a brilliant career! Already quadruple World Task Champion (2011, 2012, 2013, 2016), Tony Martin added a fifth rainbow jersey to his collection by winning the mixed relay of the World Bruges on Wednesday, some days after announceting that this race would be the last one's career. The 36-year-old German runner has established themselves alongside Nikias Arndt, Max Walscheid, Lisa Brennauer, Mieke Kröger and Lisa Klein, in this discipline in particular format, where the three men go first, then pass the relay to the three Women, and the chronos are added (taking the second and second time) at the end of the 44.5km. The Germans dominated thirteen seconds Dutch Bauke Mollema, Koen Bouwman, Jos van Emden, Annemiek Van Vleuten, Riejanne Markus and Ellen Van Dijk, and 38 seconds The Italians Filippo Ganna, Edoardo Affini, Matteo Soberro, Marta Cavalli, Elisa Longo Borghini and Elena Cecchini, while the Swiss finished at the foot of the podium for only two hundredths!

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Martin: "We hoped the gold medal, it became real"

"it's the best possible final. From the world championships with a gold medal, it's a dream for me. It's fantastic. Thank you to the whole team, especially girls who made the difference. I loved all week with the team. We hoped the gold medal, it became real, it's really great. Now I'm going to go on vacation with my family. The decision to retire is quite recent, I am quiet, we will see what will happen afterwards, "reacted to the microphone of the international cycling Union Tony Martin, mounted on the podium before his compatriots to receive A beautiful ovation of end of career. French side, the ambitions were not very high on this event, and the Blues, led by Valentin Tabellion, Thomas Denis, Benjamin Thomas, Marion Borras, Coralie Demay and Clara Copponi finished ninths , at 2'52 of the Germans. Thursday, no race will be on the menu during these world championships in Belgium, then the online races will take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. For a first French medal?

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World Championships / Relax Mixed

Final ranking Al (Knokke-Heist - Bruges, 44, 5km) - Wednesday 22 September 2021

1- Germany in 50 "49

2- Netherlands at 13"

3- Italy at 38 "

4- Switzerland at 38"

5 - Great Britain at 55 "

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9- France at 2'52

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