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German Tony Martin won the 2011 World Championship elite men’s time trial in Copenhagen on Wednesday with a dominant display of riding against the clock.

Britain’s Bradley Wiggins sensationally beat defending world champion Fabian Cancellara on the flat, twisting 46.4km course to take silver, with the Swiss rider having to settle for bronze.

Cancellara realised that he was chasing the silver medal and took several risks on some of the later corners, at one point running into the crowd barriers and coming to a standstill. Wiggins, on the other hand, measured his ride perfectly and at no point looked like a man under pressure.

The strength of Martin’s World Championship-winning ride was underlined by the time gap between him and second-placed Wiggins – one minute and 15 seconds. Cancellara finished 1-21 behind Martin.

Britain’s other represenative in the event, David Millar, placed seventh at 2-45. A remarkable result given his lack of racing over the past month due to the birth of his first child.

Wiggins’ silver is Britain’s third medal of the championships in Denmark so far after Elinor Barker won silver in the junior women’s TT and Emma Pooley clinched bronze in the elite women’s TT on Tuesday.

Wiggins placed third overall in the Vuelta a Espana earlier in September behind winner Juan Jose Cobo and his Sky team-mate and fellow Brit Chris Froome. He crashed out of the Tour de France in July, breaking his collarbone, but made a swift recovery to place so highly in both the Vuelta and Worlds.

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UCI Road World Championships 2011: Elite men’s time trial, 46.4km

1. Tony Martin (Ger) in 53-43.85
2. Bradley Wiggins (GBr) at 1-15.83
3. Fabian Cancellara (Swi) at 1-20.59
4. Bert Grabsch (Ger) at 1-31.76
5. Jack Bobridge (Aus) at 2-13.86
6. Richie Porte (Aus) at 2-29.54
7. David Millar (GBr) at 2-45.62
8. Lieuwe Westra (Ned) at 3-18.52
9. Alexandr Diachenko (Kaz) at 3-19.76
10. Jakob Fuglsang (Den) 3-30.59

David Millar, Elite men time trial, Road World Championships 2011

David Millar

Fabian Cancellara, Elite men time trial, Road World Championships 2011

Fabian Cancellara

Bradley Wiggins, Elite men time trial, Road World Championships 2011

Bradley Wiggins

Tony Martin, new world champ, Elite men time trial, Road World Championships 2011

Tony Martin

Wiggins, Martin, Cancellara, Elite men time trial, Road World Championships 2011

Tony Martin in rainbow stripes, with Bradley Wiggins (left – second) and Fabian Cancellara (right – third)

Tony Martin, new world champ, Elite men time trial, Road World Championships 2011

Tony Martin, happy with gold

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Road World Championships 2011: Photos

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Junior men time trial

Under-23 men time trial

Junior women time trial

Road World Championships 2011: TV guide

British Eurosport coverage schedule

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External links

Copenhagen 2011 official website