Berlin - German time-trial specialist Tony Martin said on Wednesday one of his
top priorities for the 2015 season is to pull on the fabled yellow
jersey as leader of the Tour de France.
The 29-year-old, three time world champion in the race against the
clock, made his intentions clear at the unveiling of his Belgian team
Etixx-QuickStep in Calpe, Spain.
"This year, I have a rare opportunity to wear the yellow jersey on
the first day of the race. That is at the top of my priorities for
2015," said Martin, in reference to the July 4 opening stage, a 14km
individual time-trial around the Dutch city of Utrecht. The East German born rider, who has won four stages on the Tour
including two time-trials, also has a fourth world title within his
sights after British rider Bradley Wiggins relegated him to second last
year at Ponferrada, Spain.
"I want to win back this jersey (rainbow) so I can wear it in 2016,"
said the 2012 Olympic silver medallist, again behind Wiggins, who begins
his current campaign in two weeks at Dubai.
The 2015 world championships take place at Richmond, Virginia with
the men's individual time-trial set for September 9 and the road race
four days later.