Great Britain's Mark Cavendish expressed frustration that rival teams were content so long as he did not win the London 2012 Olympic Games road race.
The 27-year-old world champion from the Isle of Man finished 29th, 40 seconds behind, as controversial Kazakh Alexandr Vinokourov triumphed on The Mall, with Colombia's Rigoberto Uran second and Norway's Alexander Kristoff third.
Cavendish told BBC Sport: "It seems like most teams are happy not to win as long as we don't win.
"It's the story of our lives in cycling. It shows what a strong nation we are. We've got to take the positives from that and take it as a compliment."