Updated: Sunday, 15 June 2014 01:01 | By Agence France-Presse

Martin wins Tour of Switzerland opening time-trial

Germany's triple world champion Tony Martin won the opening time-trial of the Tour of Switzerland on Saturday to take the leader's yellow jersey. 

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. 

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