Tony Martin won the Time Trial at the 2016 World Road Championships. (CyclingWeeklyUK)

Tony Martin won the Time Trial at the 2016 World Road Championships. (CyclingWeeklyUK)

Newly crowned Time Trial world champion Tony Martin says that people thought he was ‘crazy’ for training in his bathroom to simulate the conditions of the World Championships in Qatar, but that was exactly what it took to win his fourth World Championship title in Doha, Qatar.

In the unforgiving, searing 40°C of the Qatarian desert, the German blasted through his rivals in 40 kilometres, 45 seconds ahead of runner-up Vasil Kiryienka from Belarus.

After his win, Martin donned his rainbow jersey and remembered those turbo sessions in the bathroom at home in Germany with a space heater turned on high to mimic Doha.

“Some people called me crazy for doing this, but that was harder than what we did today,” Martin explained, “

Tony Martin is thrilled to wear the rainbow jersey again as World Time Trial champion of 2016. (CyclingWeeklyUK)

Tony Martin is thrilled to wear the rainbow jersey again as World Time Trial champion of 2016. (CyclingWeeklyUK)

Great Britain’s race coach, Rod Ellingworth said that he had the team in heated room with strong light intensity to prepare for the Middle East. Never before has the UCI hosted its world title race in the region and with the expected temperatures, it scheduled the latest ever date on the calendar.

Martin added: “We made changes to go back to my old position after the Olympics. After three hard seasons, I am once against able to show my best.

“It was a good course for me, flat with some wind. I didn’t care about my power or the split times. The most important thing was to go at a good rhythm, and keep a strong steady pace.”

Winning four titles, he matches Cancellara’s record. Martin said, “I do not care about records. The most important thing for me is that I will be able to wear the rainbow jersey again for one season.”

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