Bradley Wiggins claimed Great Britain's second gold of the Olympic Games, and in the process announced himself as a British sporting great with victory in the road race time trial.
The Tour de France winner finished a massive 42secs ahead of world champion Tony Martin of Germany following an incredible ride around the Hampton Court circuit, and now makes it four golds, a silver and two bronze to make him the most succesful British Olympian in the total medal tally.
His masterful victory followed Britain's first gold of the 2012 Games, won in dominant fashion by Helen Glover and Heather Stanning in the women's rowing pair.
Glover and Stanning, world silver medalists heading into the Olympics, stormed off of the start line and took hold of the race early on, eventually finishing in seven minutes 27.13secs.
Their brilliant victory finally broke Great Britain's gold duck, and started the ball rolling for Wiggins to cap off what has been an incredible 2012 for him.
The Londoner was the favourite heading into the time trial, but following his tailing-off in Saturday's road race, doubts were creeping in as to whether his efforts in recent weeks meant there was little left in the tank.
Wiggins though blew those assertions away from the beginning, and by the 30km mark enjoyed a 20sec lead over Martin.
In riding the perfect race he ensured he would be on the top step of the podium, to be joined by Great Britain and Team Sky team-mate Chris Froome, whose own valient efforts secured him bronze in an afternoon to celebrate for the British crowd.