• Road World Championships

Wiggins wins silver as Martin blazes to gold in Denmark

ESPN staff
September 21, 2011
Bradley Wiggins claimed silver in Copenhagen © PA Photos

Bradley Wiggins saw time trial gold snatched from his grasp after a record-breaking ride by Tony Martin at the Road World Championships in Denmark.

Martin set the fastest time at each split to power to his first world title in a time of 53:43.85. After taking bronze medals in 2009 and 2010, Martin averaged an astonishing speed of 51.814 km per hour over the 46.4km course to complete an impressive double for Germany after Judith Arndt won gold in the women's time trial on Tuesday.

Wiggins had been in the gold medal position after being the first man to cross the line under the 55 minute mark, but faced a nervous wait with a number of his rivals still out on the course.

Four-time champion Fabian Cancellara was the last rider underway, and he looked to be on course to overhaul Wiggins for silver, but the Swiss lost time after overshooting a corner on the cobbles and running into the barriers in the closing stages. The defending champion was forced to settle for bronze, less than five seconds behind Wiggins.

Such was Martin's speed, that he overtook last year's silver medallist David Millar, who eventually finished seventh.

"It's amazing for me, David Millar was one of the favourites and when you pass him, you must have had a good ride," Martin said. "That gave me a lot of motivation and morale, it was really helpful. For me [being the favourite] was positive pressure. I've learnt to work with it."

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