Nationality: German
Date of birth: April 23, 1985
Height: 186cm
Weight: 75kg
Team: Katusha-Alpecin

Three time TT World Champion, Tony Martin has made the discipline his own in the few years and joined the likes of Sir Bradley Wiggins and Fabian Cancellara as legends of racing against the clock.

His last World Champs win came back in 2013, however, so regaining that title will likely figure highly in his schedule throughout the 2016 season.

Martin is set to race the cobbled Classics for the first time this year, in no small part due to his stage win across the pavé at the 2015 Tour de France.

Later in the Tour he crashed whilst wearing the yellow jersey; the 2015 race being the first time he’d worn the coveted leader’s colours despite his consitent form over the past few seasons.

He will get the chance for more stage wins against the clock at the 2016 Tour, but the second of the two has an uphill profile so it might not suit the Etixx rider.

The 2016 Rio Olympics also loom large on the horizon but the German has already stated that he believes Chris Froome to be the favourite for the TT title.

Modern day sportsmen have pretty rubbish nicknames, especially British ones. The formula seems to be to simply add the letter Y to the end of someone’s name and be done…