(CNN) -- Olympic champion Fabian Cancellara won a record fourth time trial title at the Road World Championships.
The Swiss raced through the 45.8km course in 58 minutes, 9 seconds, beating Britain's David Millar by more than one minute. Germany's Tony Martin was third.
Cancellara, who previously won the event in 2006, 2007 and 2009, surpassed Australian Michael Rogers, who was victorious on three occasions.
Cancellara, nicknamed "The King of the Time", had been a doubt to compete in the Melbourne time trial after pulling out of September's Tour of Spain due to fatigue.
But his stunning performance in the city port of Geelong underlined his supremacy in the time trial format.
"I'm really happy to have done this a fourth time," said Cancellara in quotes carried by AFP. "It's maybe the hardest of all my wins because leading up to this I wasn't sure of my condition.
"The other guys went really well but I just tried to do what I can. I think today I employed the perfect tactic.
"People always think Cancellara is always going to win but that is not always true.
"I had to find another motivation, the motivation was to make history and that is what helped me stay focused. Even if a rider is always winning, he can still have bad days."