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Tony Martin wins 2011 Tour of Beijing; Denis Galimzyanov takes final stage

Tony Martin (HTC-Highroad) claimed his first stage-race victory as world time trial champion when he won the inaugural Tour of Beijing on Sunday.

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BEIJING (AFP) —Tony Martin (HTC-Highroad) claimed his first stage-race victory as world time trial champion when he won the inaugural Tour of Beijing on Sunday.

Denis Galimzyanov (Katusha) won a mass sprint to end the fifth and final stage of the race, which is making its first appearance on the UCI’s WorldTour.

Martin had taken possession of the red jersey with victory in the race-opening time trial in midweek and, backed by a committed HTC-Highroad team, managed to protect his lead throughout the race, held in and around the Chinese capital.

The victory tops a stellar year for the 26-year-old German, who began 2011 by winning Paris-Nice and recently achieved a lifelong dream of winning the world time trial championship, at Copenhagen.

“It’s been a fantastic year and now a fantastic week for me,” Martin said. “It’s really nice to have a victory and makes me so proud to win the first race here.

“But we had a very strong team that was pulling the whole time and I have to thank them for the win. The whole team was magnificent.”

Galimzyanov has been one of the outstanding performers among the elite peloton’s new boys this season, and finally ended his quest for a maiden victory when he left Juan Jose Haedo and Elia Viviani in his wake.

“Of course I am very, very happy because this is my first victory on the pro tour,” said Galimzyanov, who also won the green jersey for the points competition.

“I needed the team to bring me to the last kilometer in a good position and they did it.

“I am happy about the jersey of course, but I am happier about the stage. For me it is much more important.”

Quick results
Stage 5

  • 1. Denis Galimzyanov (Rus), Team Katusha, 2:19:44
  • 2. Juan José Haedo (Arg), Saxobank-Sungard, same time
  • 3. Elia Viviani (Ita), Liquigas-Cannondale, s.t.
  • 4. Matteo Trentin (Ita), Quick Step, s.t.
  • 5. Davide Appollonio (Ita), Team Sky, s.t.

Final GC

  • 1. Tony Martin (Ger), HTC-Highroad, 13:39:11
  • 2. David Millar (Gbr), Garmin-Cervélo, at 0:17
  • 3. Christopher Froome (Gbr), Team Sky, at 0:26
  • 4. Stephen Cummings (Gbr), Team Sky, at 0:35
  • 5. Olivier Kaisen (Bel), Omega Pharma-Lotto, at 0:39

Complete results