Britain’s Sir Bradley Wiggins set a new UCI Hour Record when he completed a distance of 54.526km at Lee Valley VeloPark in London today.
The former Team Sky rider beat the previous world mark of 52.937km set by compatriot Alex Dowsett in May in front of a capacity crowd.
The 35-year-old Wiggins, riding in the colours of his own team Wiggins, was aiming to complete 221 laps of the velodrome for a target distance of 55.250, but fell two laps shy.
It is the fifth time in nine months that a new hour record has been set after the UCI changed the regulations in 2014.
The German Jens Voigt was the first to break the 50-kilometre mark under the new regulations when he completed a distance of 51.115km in Switzerland in September last year in his final competitive outing before retiring.
Wiggins, winner of the Tour de France in 2012 and a multiple Olympic champion, is set to retire from cycling after next year’s Olympic Games in Rio.
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