Martin beats Wiggins to ITT gold

Wed, 21 Sep 17:14:00 2011

Tony Martin dethroned Fabian Cancellara as the German won gold at the World Championships time trial in Copenhagen.

Tony Martin of Germany competes during the men's time trial competition in the UCI Road World Championships - 0

The HTC-Highroad rider has taken bronze in the last two years behind the four-times champion but gained revenge in the Danish capital.

The 26-year-old from Cottbus posted a time of 53 minutes 48.85 seconds over the 46.4km course, at an average speed of 51.8km/h, to finish a shade under 66 seconds ahead of Britain's Bradley Wiggins.

Switzerland's Cancellara had to settle for bronze, 4.76 seconds behind Wiggins, after a mistake on a cobbled section late in the race saw him run into the barriers and lose valuable time.

Another German Bert Grabsch, who took the rainbow jersey in 2008 when Cancellara did not compete, was fourth ahead of Australia's Jack Bobridge.

Martin was the favourite after winning individual time trials at the Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana this year and he recorded a second gold in as many days for Germany after Judith Arndt snatched victory in Tuesday's women's race.

"The course was pretty flat," said Martin, "I normally would prefer a few climbs, but I was able to find a good rhythm and really push myself at every opportunity to accelerate.

"It was cloudy, looking like it could rain at any moment, but we were lucky the road stayed dry and I could hit the corners faster.

"I was able to catch up to David Millar which was motivating, but my morale going into the race today was quite high. I felt great from the start."

WCH men's time trial

Wiggins, who broke his collarbone during the Tour de France in July, has been in good form since he returned to action last month, finishing third overall in the Tour of Spain.

"Things have been getting better all the time since my crash in July so I did not expect anything, went out, did my ride, did not take a radio so I was unaware of what was going on," he told a news conference.

"I knew I was on a good ride and after that in terms of expectations you always hope you can get a medal and on the right day maybe even win it, but it takes something special, really special, to beat Tony today -- he was at a different level."

With the Tour de France still a target for the Team Sky rider, 2012 is expected to be a tough year as Wiggins will also be taking part in the London Olympics.

Riding the Vuelta and the world championships served their purpose as Wiggins could see whether it was manageable to ride a grand Tour and a championship in succession with the Tour and the Olympics being less than a week apart next year.

"I think I've recovered from a grand Tour pretty quickly. That's the best thing. Go to a grand Tour and within seven or eight days be producing a threshold of power. It was a good test," he said.

"But in terms of next year ... I haven't had time to think about it. Got too many options."

Having now finished on the podium in a grand Tour and won medals on the road and on the track, Wiggins will have to make choices.

"I will do that in the winter," he said.

Lee Walker - follow me on Twitter @leewalk498 / Eurosport

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