Martin wins Tour of Switzerland opening time-trial
German cyclist Tony Martin of team Omega Pharma - Quick Step competes on May 30, 2014, in Knokke-Heist - by David Stockman
The Omega-Pharma rider, who won the world time-trial races the past three years, covered the 9.4km course around Bellinzone in a time of 13min 48secs, six seconds ahead of Dutchman Tom Dumoulin with Australian Rohan Dennis of Garmin at 13secs.
Swiss star and four-time world time-trial champion Fabian Cancellara could only finish fourth at 16 seconds.
Britain's 2012 Tour de France champion and Olympic time-trial gold medallist, Bradley Wiggins, got his campaign off to a modest start by finishing 14th at 32secs.
Defending two-time champion Rui Costa of Portugal clocked the 28th best time, 42secs behind Martin.