Tony Martin gave Germany their second gold medal at the UCI Road Race World Championships in Copenhagen, winning the time trial in convincing fashion on Wednesday.
A day after compatriot Judith Arndt claimed the title in the women's time trial, Martin clocked a best time of 53 minutes 43.85 seconds over the 46.4-km course, beating Britain’s Bradley Wiggins by 1:15.83 and four-times champion Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland by 1:20.59.
Having won time trials in the Tour de France and the Tour of Spain this season, the 26-year-old German set a best time at every time check to improve on his 2009 and 2010 performances when he had to settle for bronze medals.
"I found a good rhythm. After one or two kilometres, I had perfect legs, I was fast and had a good position," Martin said afterwards.
"Everything was perfect. After the first time check I was confident this was going to be my day, my race."
Irish riders David McCann and Matthew Brammier never threatened the leaders in Denmark, with McCann finishing 27th and Brammier failing to finish.
Cancellara had looked set for silver but the Swiss, who also won the time trial gold medal at the 2008 Olympics, gradually faded away and lost considerable ground near the finish when he went off against the safety barrier.
"I could not find a good rhythm today," said Cancellara.
"Maybe mentally I cracked a bit. I lost my concentration for a millisecond but it's not an excuse."
Wiggins, a three-times pursuit Olympic champion, made a cautious start before sneaking time off fourth-placed German Bert Grabsch to secure his first podium finish at the event.