Cycling: Tony Martin matches record with fourth time trial world title

Vasil Kiryienka, Tony Martin and Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas on the podium of the Men's Elite Individual Time Trial event at the 2016 Cycling Road World Championships on Oct 12, 2016.
Vasil Kiryienka, Tony Martin and Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas on the podium of the Men's Elite Individual Time Trial event at the 2016 Cycling Road World Championships on Oct 12, 2016. PHOTO: EPA

DOHA (Reuters) - German Tony Martin claimed a record-equalling fourth individual time trial world title when he crushed his rivals to prevail on the 40km flat course in Doha on Wednesday.

Martin, who was instrumental in Etixx-Quick Step's team time trial title last Sunday, clocked 44min 42.99sec to beat defending champion Vasil Kiryienka, of Belarus, by 45.05 seconds.

Spain's Jonathan Castroviejo finished third, 1:10.91 off the pace in searing heat as temperatures broke the 40 deg C barrier.

Martin joins Swiss Fabian Cancellara, who retired after winning the event at the Olympics in Rio, at the top of the list of winners.

Cancellara won his four titles in 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2010 while Martin, who is leaving Etixx-Quick Step to join Katusha next season, had won three times in a row from 2011.

Having also won one silver and two bronze medals in the event, Martin surpassed Cancellara, who also won three bronzes, as the most successful time trialist.