Bradley Wiggins 'honoured' to share world TT podium with Tony Martin and Fabian Cancellara
Last Updated: 25/09/13 5:54pm
Bradley Wiggins (left): Joined Tony Martin (centre) and Fabian Cancellara (right) on podium
Sir Bradley Wiggins admitted he was "honoured" to finish second in the men's time trial at the UCI Road World Championships and insisted he could not have ridden the course any faster.
The 33-year-old Briton stopped the clock 46 seconds behind winner Tony Martin, of Germany, who claimed his third consecutive rainbow jersey with an outstanding performance.
Wiggins had looked set to finish third, but produced a strong second half of the 57.9km course and pipped Switzerland's Fabian Cancellara to the silver by just two seconds.
Despite failing to add the world crown to his Olympic title, Wiggins was happy with his display and had no regrets.
He said: "I executed it perfectly - A to B as fast as possible. In the last 20 minutes I was oblivious to everything, other than the effort you are trying to get home.
'Something to show the kids'
"I was still strong in that final 20 minutes and I knew it would be close, but Tony was on a different level today. I had no idea until I finished and collapsed in the tent where I was.
"He has had a great season and finished it off with another world title. I love the sport and everything about it and it really is an honour to still be on the podium with those two guys. It will be something to show the kids when I am older."
Martin was neck and neck with Cancellara at the first split point, but then powered away from the four-time champion over the next three sectors to avenge his defeat at this month's Vuelta a Espana and cement his status as a time trial great.
The 28-year-old German said: "To win a world championship is always special; to win it for the third time in a row is even more special.
"To win it this way, with this advantage, it is the top. I can't imagine a better race for me.
"It really gives me a lot of morale for the future because I lost the last time trial, in the Vuelta, and I didn't know exactly where I was standing.
"I always knew that I was able to win, but to know it and to do it is always different. Now I did it and that is nice."
Despite relinquishing silver to Wiggins at the death, Cancellara was content with the result.
The 32-year-old said: "I am definitely happy. I am somewhere a little bit disappointed by losing second place by two seconds, but that is how sport is. In the end, I go home and I won a medal. That is so nice."