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German champ rides for Irish teammate

Martin Reimer isn’t a household cycling name. Yet. The 22-year-old Cervélo TestTeam rider captured his first pro win in his rookie year at the German national championships in June. This weekend he’s riding in the Tour of Ireland, where on Saturday he placed sixth on stage 2 behind Mark Cavendish. As with the other Cervélo riders in Ireland, Reimer hopes to help teammate Philip Deignan win a stage or climb up the general classification. After placing fourth on stage 1, Deignan sits fourth overall headed into the final stage Sunday.

By Ben Delaney

2009 Tour of Ireland: German champ Martin Reimer (Cervélo TestTeam).

Photo: Ben Delaney

Martin Reimer isn’t a household cycling name. Yet.

The 22-year-old Cervélo TestTeam rider captured his first pro win in his rookie year at the German national championships in June.

This weekend he’s riding in the Tour of Ireland, where on Saturday he placed sixth on stage 2 behind Mark Cavendish.

As with the other Cervélo riders in Ireland, Reimer hopes to help teammate Philip Deignan win a stage or climb up the general classification. After placing fourth on stage 1, Deignan sits fourth overall headed into the
final stage Sunday.

“This is his home race,” Reimer said. “He’s really motivated, and I hope we can help him.”

Reimer won the German national championship road race in a sprint out of a three-man group, beating out Dominic Klemme of Saxo Bank and Roger Kluge of the LKT-Brandenburg squad.

“It was unbelievable,” he said. “The finish was 500 meters from my apartment. It couldn’t have been better.”

Reimer raced as an amateur with LKT last year.

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