Martin Velits (born 21 February 1985 in Bratislava) is a Slovakian former road bicycle racer, who rode professionally between 2007 and 2017 for the Wiesenhof, Team Milram, HTC–Highroad and Quick-Step Floors teams.[1] His twin brother, Peter Velits, also competed as a professional cyclist.

Martin Velits
Koolskamp (Ardooie) - Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen, 18 september 2015 (B73).JPG
Velits at the 2015 Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen
Personal information
Full nameMartin Velits
Born (1985-02-21) 21 February 1985 (age 35)
Bratislava, Czechoslovakia
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight72 kg (159 lb)
Team information
Current teamRetired
DisciplineRoad
RoleRider
Rider typeTime trialist, domestique[1]
Amateur team(s)
2004Dukla Trenčín
2005–2006Team Konica Minolta
Professional team(s)
2007Wiesenhof
2008–2009Team Milram
2010–2011Team HTC–Columbia
2012–2017Omega Pharma–Quick-Step[2]
Major wins
Grand Tours
Vuelta a España
1 TTT stages (2010)

One-day races and Classics

National Road Race Championships (2009)
National Time Trial Championships (2010)

In October 2017, one year after his brother's retirement, Martin Velits announced that he would retire after competing in that year's inaugural Tour of Guangxi.[1]

Career achievementsEdit

Major resultsEdit

2003
1st   Overall Grand Prix Rüebliland
9th Overall Internationale Junioren-Rundfahrt Niedersachsen
1st Stage 3
2004
1st   Road race, National Under–23 Road Championships
2005
1st   Road race, National Under–23 Road Championships
1st Stage 3a Giro del Capo
7th Overall Okolo Slovenska
1st   Young rider classification
2006
1st Momentum 94.7 Cycle Challenge
1st   Road race, National Under–23 Road Championships
7th Overall Giro del Capo
8th Overall Tour of Japan
9th Trofeo Banca Popolare di Vicenza
9th Memorial Philippe Van Coningsloo
10th GP Hydraulika Mikolasek
2007
10th Overall Ster Elektrotoer
2008
8th Overall Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen
2009
1st   Road race, National Road Championships
4th Overall Vuelta a Andalucía
2010
1st   Time trial, National Road Championships
1st Stage 1 (TTT) Vuelta a España
8th Overall Tour of Oman
2012
2nd Time trial, National Road Championships
2013
1st Stage 1 (TTT) Tirreno-Adriatico

Grand Tour general classification results timelineEdit

Grand Tour 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
  Giro d'Italia DNF
  Tour de France 88
  Vuelta a España 73 95 105 125 130 117 152
Legend
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Velits retires from Quick-Step after 11 years as a pro". cyclingnews.com. 13 October 2017. Retrieved 13 October 2017.
  2. ^ "Les frères Velits chez Omega Pharma-Quick Step" [The brothers Velits at Omega Pharma-Quick Step]. rtbf.be (in French). RTBF. 2 August 2011. Retrieved 5 January 2012.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Martin Velits at Wikimedia Commons