Wiggins breaks cycling’s hour record

Sir Bradley Wiggins has broken the iconic hour record by completing a distance of 54.526km (33.88 miles).

The 35-year-old smashed the record

previously held by fellow Briton Alex Dowsett

of 52.937km (32.89 miles), which was set in May.

Roared on by a capacity crowd at Lee Valley VeloPark in London, Wiggins became the sixth rider to claim a Tour de France title and the hour record.

“I’m just glad it’s done. It was torturous,” he said.

“That’s the closest I have ever come to what it’s like to a have a baby,” Wiggins, who becomes the fifth person in the past nine months to break the record, joked.

The multiple Olympic and world champion on track and road surpassed Dowsett’s 212 laps, set in Manchester, with 1min 42secs to spare and eventually completed 219 laps.

But the 2012 Tour de France winner fell short of the target he had set himself of 55.250km, or 221 laps.

“You’re constantly looking at the clock counting down. When you’re out there, you never think it’s coming to an end,” he added.

“I always compare myself to the greats and I am just glad to be in the company of those guys.

“To get up there and do that, to put yourself on the line, takes a lot of courage and it’s a mental game as much as anything.”

Alex Dowsett Bradley Wiggins congratulatory tweet

Alex Dowsett tweeted his early congratulations to Wiggins after seeing his record broken

Former British cycling performance director Dave Brailsford said it was “an honour” to witness the occasion.

“Bradley rode well on what was a heavy and hard day,” he said.

“I’m so pleased for him, it’s his day and he is such a magnificent athlete.”

Since the UCI, cycling’s world governing body, unified the regulations surrounding the event last year, four riders have held the record: Germany’s Jens Voigt, Matthias Brandle of Switzerland, Australian Rohan Dennis and Dowsett.

Bradley Wiggins breaks hour record

Wiggins completed his first 100 laps at a speed of 54.612kph

Bradley Wiggins breaks hour record

The 35-year-old became the fifth person in nine months to break the record

Bradley Wiggins breaks hour record

The multiple Olympic and world champion celebrated with a trademark pose once the clock had stopped

Miguel Indurain with Bradley Wiggins

Five-time Tour de France champion Miguel Indurain was among those to congratulate Wiggins

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cycling/33041998

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