Germany’s Tony Martin became only the second rider in history to win three consecutive world time trial titles as he obliterated the opposition to complete his rainbow jersey hat-trick in Florence this afternoon.

Martin completed his ride around the Tuscan capital in 1-05-36, having averaged 52.9km/h for the 57.9-kilometre course, to replicate Michael Rogers’ achievement of three titles in the discipline between 2003 and 2005.

Great Britain’s Bradley Wiggins started slowly, posting the third best time at all three timechecks, but clawed back time on four-time world champion Fabian Cancellara in the closing stages to finish second, 46 seconds behind Martin. Cancellara completed the podium.

This is Wiggins’ second silver medal in the championships, having also trailed the German in Copenhagen two years ago.

Britain’s Alex Dowsett – still recovering from an illness at the start of the month – finished 41st, 5-47 down on Martin in the longest-ever course used in the elite men’s world time trial championships.

“I’m gutted, I couldn’t put the power down,” Dowsett said afterwards.

UCI road world championships 2013: elite men’s time trial, 57.9km
1. Tony Martin (Ger) in 1-05-36
2. Bradley Wiggins (GBr) at 0-46
3. Fabian Cancellara (Sui) at 0-48
4. Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) at 1-26
5. Taylor Phinney (USA) at 2-08
6. Rasmus Quaade (Den) at 2-36
7. Marco Pinotti (Ita) at 2-41
8. Adriano Malori (Ita) at 2-51
9. Gustav Erik Larsson (Swe) 2-58
10. Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) at 2-59
41. Alex Dowsett (GBr) at 5-47

Bradley Wiggins

Taylor Phinney

Fabian Cancellara

Tony Martin

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  • Ali Manners

    Would love to have seen Wiggo get gold but not to be. Still the best three on the podium without a doubt. Shame people still having a go at one of out most successful sportsman. I have every confidence he will work hard in the road race because he is proud to wear his British jersey and has proven in the past he will work hard for others like he did for Cav two years ago.

  • Ken Evans

    Specialized bikes clean-sweep of the time-trial gold medals ! (Men, Women, Men-Team, Women-Team)

  • ted hutton

    Hurry up and come back Chris Boardman he will show you how

  • Sam

    gg/gg likes to make snarky comments. Maybe go find another sport to ‘follow’

  • ken downing

    Well done to Sir Bradley Wiggins for a good ride at the Worlds.
    We all know you wanted the gold.
    Tony Martin was the best on the day.

  • mikey g

    gg & greg

    What a typical british sniping response – the guy did well, but not as well as we hoped….
    C’mon the GB road team!

  • Pete

    I thought Brad rode brilliantly. I also think he was the perfect gentleman in defeat. His genuine modesty endeared him to me more than ever.

  • greg

    So pleased for Tony. Shame Fabien wasn’t a teeny bit faster.

  • gg/gg

    Arrogance plays a big part in sport; but “Sir” Bradley should cool it a little. Will we see him fully support Froome in the road race or abandon part way?