Germany wins Mixed Relay at World Championships of Flanders 2021
Sep 22 2021 11:17 pm CET

Germany wins Mixed Relay at World Championships of Flanders 2021
Germany wins Mixed Relay at World Championships of Flanders 2021
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Germany has taken the victory of the Mixed Relay at the World Championships of Flanders 2022, on the last day of Tony Martin's career. The Netherlands and Italy stepped on the other two positions of the podium.

By: Maritza Cárdenas

The Mixed Relay took place over a 22.5-kilometre route for the men and 22-kilometre for the women with a start in Knokke-Hesit and a finish in Bruges, on a course similar to the one they faced at the individual time trials.

Great Britain, with Daniel Bigham, John Archibald, Alex Dowsett, Alice Barnes, Joscelin Lowden and Anna Henderson, set the best time early on the day by stopping the clock in 51 minutes and 44 seconds. Soon after, the Swiss team -formed by Stefan Bissegger, Mauro Schmid, Stefan Küng, Marlen Reusser, Nicole Koller and Elise Chabbey, moved the British away from the hot seat with a time of 51 minutes and 27 seconds.

The next team to finish was Germany and on his last day as a professional cyclist, Tony Martin, along with his teammates Nikias Ardnt, Max Walscheid, Lisa Klein, Lisa Brennauer and Mieke Kröeger, stopped the clock in 50 minutes and 49 seconds, setting a time hard to beat by the two remaining teams: Italy and The Netherlands.

Although the Italian men -Filippo Ganna, Edoardo Affini and Matteo Sobrero set the best provisional time, the women -Elena Cecchini, Marta Cavalli and Elisa Longo Borghini- couldn't maintain it and when they finished they took the second-best provisional time.

The Netherlands -Koen Bouwman, Jos van Emden, Bauke Mollema, Ellen van Dijk, Annemie van Vleuten and Riejanne Markus- were close to Germany's time but in the end, the last two women stopped the clock 13 seconds slower than the team of their neighbour country.

With this Golden Medal, Martin puts an end to a 14-year career in which he achieved five stage wins in the Tour de France, the overall victory of the 2011 Paris-Nice, two stage victories at the Vuelta a España, four individual time trial titles at the World Championships and ten at the German ones, among many others.




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