Great Britain's Sir Bradley Wiggins missed out on a first road world title as he had to settle for silver behind Germany's Tony Martin in Florence on Wednesday.
The 33-year-old Wiggins managed to overhaul Switzerland's Fabian Cancellara in the final third of the 57.9km course but could do nothing to stop Martin claiming his third consecutive time trial gold.
The Olympic time trial gold medallist finished 46.09 seconds behind the 28-year-old German, but pipped Cancellara to silver by two seconds.
"I knew it would be close but Tony was on a different level," said Wiggins.
"I just aimed to be the quickest from A to B as possible.
"Performance manager Rod Ellingworth was telling me the checkpoints but, with all the noise in the last 20 minutes, I was oblivious to everything, and was just trying to get home.
"It is an honour to be on the podium with those two guys. It will be something to show the grandkids."
Wiggins has had a mixed 2013 including an injury hit Giro d'Italia and being supplanted as Tour de France champion by fellow Brit and team Sky rider Chris Froome.
He completed a commanding victory in the Tour of Britain on Sunday and had hoped to claim a world title on the road before he returns to track cycling next season.
The Brit started off slowly with Martin and Cancellara storming ahead in the first sector and at the second split he trailed the Swiss by 24 seconds.
Despite overhauling Cancellara there was nothing Wiggins could do about the supreme Martin who kept up a relentless pace throughout his entire run.