In Part 2 of the exclusive interview with Tony Martin, learn how the time trial world champion discovered his love of the clock, why he likes to torture himself, and how he thinks about returning doping sinners.
trainingsworld.com: What is the difference in training for a multi-day tour and for the individual races in the World Road Championship? Tony Martin: It always depends on the goals you have. If you say, "I'm coming to the Tour de France to win the prologue, and then maybe the first week in the yellow jersey, the preparations are a bit similar to a one-day race or a short tour. But if you go to the tour with the goal of riding to the top in Paris for three weeks, and perhaps best finish in the top ten, then it's not so important to be so exclusive, to go with the top favorites every day or every day to fight for the stage win. The deciding factor is then to be able to go to its limit with a high concentration every day for three weeks and thus to take the overall victory so that you do not lose too much time. If I lose only half a minute every day, I may still be in the top ten in the final ranking. You can for example increase the training blocks. Otherwise, if I train three days in a row and then take a break for a day, I can say that I am training for a week in a row and then take a two-day break. So you can, depending on what goals you have on a tour, the training effects vary.
"Tormenting on the bike for an hour, I like that"
trainingsworld.com: You compete as a defending champion in the time trial. How did it happen that you became a time trial specialist and what special qualities do you need for it? Tony Martin: At the age of 14 I came to cycling relatively late and got my first successes in the time trial. In national finals, I was able to race and win regularly in the top ten, which I did not manage to do in the road race from the start. That's when I realized that time trial is my thing. For an hour on the bike torture without opponents around, I like that, I'm fast and then it was a kind of self-runner. About the achievements one has noticed that is my territory, here I am one of the best. And with the success of course, the fun of this discipline is growing and has remained until today. As a time driver, you have to be able to push yourself up to the pain threshold and, in the best case scenario, be able to balance for an hour at that limit without exaggeration. There are some drivers who are over-motivated to go into such a race, getting bests at the beginning and then breaking in at the back. You definitely have to be mentally able to torment yourself. On the other hand, you also have to know your body very well and know how far you can go without overpacing. This is certainly the main difference to the road race, where you always have opponents around you and always can or must orientate yourself to the opponents. trainingsworld.com: How do you specifically prepare for time trial in practice and what does a typical training week look like for you? Tony Martin: It always depends on what you did in advance. If you, like me, finish the Vuelta one week before the highlight of the season, then all you have to do is find the balance between rest, excitement and a little rebuilding for Sunday's race. If there is a situation like the tour where I had to get out three weeks before the Olympics and then had to prepare for three weeks at home, that's a complete difference in training. Then of course one tries to set the training stimuli in the training itself.
"I find it questionable when doped drivers return"
trainingsworld.com: At the Vuelta 2012, Alberto Contador has won a driver who is not undisputed and has claimed the overall victory after his doping suspension has been served. The "Spiegel" writes in its current issue, for example, that the victory over the Tour de Spain left a shadow and remained doubtful. What do you think about this topic? Tony Martin: First of all, I am fundamentally against doping. But I think the Contador case has to be seen a bit more differentiated because the whole barrier after this eternal process was also very ambiguous. Has he doped now? Did not he doped? That is still more or less unclear today. Not only related to Contador, I generally find it very questionable when doped drivers return at some point and then enter great results. This is certainly a pity for the sport and unfortunately there is also a shadow cast on cycling. I prefer young, clean drivers to drive up front instead of doping sinners returning. trainingsworld.com: Lance Armstrong has recently made headlines again, but his tour victories from 1999 to 2005 should be denied by the UCI. Right or wrong? Tony Martin: If it is proven that he has doped to the events in question, the titles are naturally taken from him. Any winner in the Olympics, which is transferred in retrospect to the doping, the gold medal is taken away and so it is in cycling. I think there should be no exception. trainingsworld.com: Mr. Martin, we would like to thank you for the interview and wish you every success in the upcoming World Cup. More information about Tony Martin at www.tony-martin.de.