8 Jun 2015

Wiggins breaks hour record

8:02 am on 8 June 2015

The British cyclist Bradley Wiggins has added the UCI world hour record to his extensive cycling career honours tally.

He covered 54.526km in the London Olympic velodrome to smash the mark set by fellow Briton Alex Dowsett last month.

British cyclist Bradley Wiggins

British cyclist Bradley Wiggins. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Wiggins -- who undertook six weeks of intensive training ahead of the blue riband event for the furthest distance travelled in one hour -- rode into history in front of six thousand noisy fans, destroying the 52.937 set by Dowsett in Manchester.

The 35-year-old says he's just glad it's done now, that's the closest he will come to ever knowing what it's like to have a baby.

He says it was just torturous, you are constantly looking at the clock, counting down the minutes, says he's really relieved that it's done now.

The 2012 Tour de France winner, four-time Olympic gold medalist and multiple world champion on road and track, covered 219 laps in 60 agonising minutes, maintaining his record-setting pace despite concerns about the slight slowing effect of high air pressure in London.

Wiggins is the fifth person since September to break the record -- held in the past by Eddy Merckx and Chris Boardman -- after the UCI changed the rules to allow riders to use whatever equipment is ruled legal for track timed events.

He looked on total control from the start and delivered a highly assured performance, though finished just shy of the 55km target he had spoken of.