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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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Results

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


Related links




World Championships 2010: Cycling Weekly’s coverage index


External links




Copenhagen 2011 official website

 

  • Mark Jones

    Tony Martin deserved this and was a class above everyone else yesterday. Very impressed with Wiggins who did well to maintain a steady pace and improve towards the end and he truly deserved the sliver medal.

  • dai bananas brother

    Caught this on the BBC Red Button late last night, the host broadcasters did Wiggins a disservice by hardly featuring him at all, to be expexted I suppose. Full marks to messrs Porter and Boardman in the commentary box, you have to hand it them, they certainly know their stuff, hope the pair are on board for the weekend events, a sentiment shared by Dai’s missus who made him turn off the Vuelta as the sound of the other broadcaster’s main man on the ‘mike was causing the dog to leap up at the TV screen and bark like a mad thing.

  • Mike Short

    Martin is in a class of his own at the moment. Wiggo collected silver by keeping an even paced schedule and benefiting from a mistake from Spartacus.

    I am deeply impressed by Bobridge in 5th. He’s a young 22 yoa – a solid 4 years younger than Martin – and only in his 2nd season in the senior ranks. He’ll be dangerous in the future.

  • Peter D.Reed

    I wish it would rain, I’m becomming a couch potato this week. Who said watching TT’s was like watching paint dry? well done Wiggo, you kept your cool and it paid off. A very well done to David Millar. By the way I enjoyed reading his book.

  • arronski

    Great silver for Wiggo, thanks to Cancellara’s mistake …Martin is unstoppable at the moment !