Germany’s Tony Martin won his third consecutive world individual time-trial title in Italy on Wednesday to deny Olympic champion Sir Bradley Wiggins his first crown.
Martin, beaten to Olympic gold by Wiggins last year by 42 seconds, exacted revenge around the 57-km Florence course with a scintillating time of one hour five minutes and 36.65 seconds, 46 seconds ahead of the 2012 Tour de France champion.
Four-times world time-trial champion Fabian Cancellara stormed off but almost came off his bike at around the halfway mark and lost some momentum, enough for Wiggins to slowly pull back the early deficit and come second by just over two seconds.
The silver medal was a second in three years for Wiggins and the finishing order was a carbon copy of the Copenhagen result two years ago, with Cancellara claiming bronze.
Switzerland's Cancellara put in a lung-bursting sprint to try and edge his British rival but Wiggins proved too strong.
Wiggins was seeking to become the first British winner since Chris Boardman in 1994 while compatriot Alex Dowsett, who had faint hopes of a podium finish, came home 41st.
© Sportsbeat 2013