Prof. since: 2007
Style of rider: One day rider
Favourite race: Paris-Roubaix
Personal website: -
Twitter name: @martinvelits
Martin is a genuine team player capable of remarkable personal performances, especially in the time trial. Martin started riding with his brother Peter when he was 13, dividing his time between ice hockey in the winter and bike riding in the summer. Martin has a calm and thoughtful personality, loves music, and enjoys making time to read a good book. He’s quite attached to his family and proud of his Slovak origins and the culture of his country, which he thinks is “the most beautiful in the world!” In 2014 Martin will again be one of the team’s reliable workhorses. “How many kilometers have I already ridden pulling at the front of the group? I don’t know, but I can tell you that it’s a lot,” says Martin with a laugh.
National time trial championships
2007: Wiesenhof Felt
2008: Team Milram
2009: Team Milram
2010: Team HTC – Columbia
2011: HTC - Highroad
2012: Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Cycling Team
2013: Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Cycling Team
Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team knew it had to do its best to protect Mark Cavendish in the crucial Stage 5 of Tour of Qatar on Thursday, and the team worked doggedly at the front to ensure he had perfect position for a third straight victory, and the sixth win for OPQS in 2013 in three different disciplines.
Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team rider Martin Velits made the key breakaway of Tour de France Stage 14 on Sunday, finishing 8th as the break split on the final climb of the day, the Category 1 Mur de Péguère (9.3km, 7.9% average gradient).
Stijn Vandenbergh, one of the nine riders originally selected to compete in the 2012 Tour de France, will be unable to participate. The Belgian rider selected for La Grande Boucle is suffering from a saddle sore.