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Paris-Roubaix the target for Tony Martin in 2018

Joe Robinson
28 Nov 2017

Tony Martin will target Paris-Roubaix before focusing on sprint success with Marcel Kittel in 2018

Tony Martin (Katusha-Alpecin) has confirmed that victory at Paris-Roubaix will be top of his agenda for the 2018 season.

The German, who will be Katusha-Alpecin's team leader in the Spring Classics, confirmed that the one-day Monument would be his biggest goal for next season before concentrating his efforts to help new teammate sprinter Marcel Kittel.

Speaking to Cyclist, Martin made it clear that Roubaix would constitute his main goal for next year with potential success at the cobbled classic an exciting prospect.

'For me, my race schedule will be more open next season but personally, I'm looking forward to Paris-Roubaix and to put in a good performance in the Spring,' Martin said before confirming victory at Roubaix as a definite goal in 2018.

With the departure of Alexander Kristoff to UAE-Team Emirates, Martin will be the outright leader of the Katusha-Alpecin team at Roubaix, a status that the German is yet to experience.

Martin only made his debut at the 'Queen of the Classics' in 2016 yet he impressed, attacking early in the race and playing a large part in Tom Boonen's second-placed finish.

This led many to believe Martin could win Roubaix himself, but this season's joint leadership responsibilities with Kristoff failed to match expectations. 

The four-time individual time-trial World Champion will now have the chance to go for victory alone but realises the many complications surrounding potential success.

'You need to be lucky with no punctures or crashes, plus there are so many different ways that the race can be won. I can think of 1,000 different scenarios,' Martin said.

'But for me, the perfect scenario would be to get away early from the main bunch, get alone and then settle down into my own rhythm.'

Once the Spring Classics are done and dusted, attention will turn for Martin to his compatriot and new teammate Marcel Kittel and the team's potentially devastating lead out train.

Martin believes that with the signing of Kittel alongside fellow new rider Alex Dowsett (Movistar), Katusha will be able to replicate the sprint train success of the former HTC-Highroad team.

'We will, for sure, have the manpower. I am really happy Alex will be joining for the sprint train and team time trial,' said Martin.

'Then with Marcel, we have one of the best sprinters in the peloton who is also intelligent and a good teacher. We have what we need but it up to us to bring it.'