• Tony Martin of Etixx QuickStep (Tim De Waele) (Etixx-Quickstep)Source: Etixx-Quickstep
German powerhouse Tony Martin will switch gears in 2016 in an effort to transform himself into a true classics rider.
Cycling Central

7 Jan 2016 - 10:21 AM  UPDATED 7 Jan 2016 - 11:06 AM

Martin said that after years of hitting several important goals during his eight-year career, which included multiple world championship time trial's and Tour de France stage victories, that it's now time for a new challenge.

"I will mix the regular races I usually do with the one-day races, which means I'll line-up for Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Dwars door Vlaanderen, and if everything will work well I will try to be part of the team that will go in Gent-Wevelgem, Ronde van Vlaanderen and Paris-Roubaix in the following months. Obviously, I can't say that I want to win there, but to test myself, to see how I do in this kind of races. It would be great to be useful to the team in those races that are really important for us, as we are a team with Belgian roots. This spring will be a test and if the signals will be good, then I'd like to continue on this road. But first I need to gain some experience, so that's why I'm downplaying any expectations."