It appears that Tony Martin still has a few communication issues to iron out with the support staff on his new Katusha-Alpecin team after he suffered a pretty embarrassing fall while testing at a velodrome in Valencia.
After completing his actual aero testing, Martin was challenged to do a lap of the 250m track on a Canyon Urban bike, and expecting his usual pro treatment, he went to clip in.
The bad news was that there wasn't a member of team staff there to hold him upright, causing him to crash to the floor, landing in a heap under the table of the team's watching sports scientists.
Thankfully Martin was unhurt, but didn't look too happy as he emerged from under the table, with the rest of the team staff somehow managing to keep straight faces.
Martin will be hoping for a bit more competence from the person holding him up when he tackles his first individual time trial of the season at the Volta ao Algarve in mid-February.
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Henry Robertshaw began his time at Cycling Weekly working with the tech team, writing reviews, buying guides and appearing in videos advising on how to dress for the seasons. He later moved over to the news team, where his work focused on the professional peloton as well as legislation and provision for cycling. He's since moved his career in a new direction, with a role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
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