Campenaerts breaks Bradley Wiggins’ UCI Hour Record

Lotto Soudal’s Victor Campenaerts set a new UCI Hour Record at the Aguascalientes Bicentenary Velodrome in Mexico on Tuesday, covering just over 55km over the course of the hour.

The Hour Record set by Bradley Wiggins has stood since his 2015 ride at the Lee Valley Velo Park in London. The Olympic gold medalist set a distance of 54.526km, well below the 55km mark he hoped to achieve due to unfavourable atmospheric pressure.

“I’m super happy. I think if I looked at a list, that I’m in now I’m between the greatest cyclists in history. I really focused on this for a long time and I’m really happy that I took the record and happy that I could break the magic 55km,” Campenaerts said.

Campenaerts started off his race steadily, covering the first 4km at a 53.6kph before beginning to pick up the pace, having recovered from the standing start. At 8km, his pace was up to 54.5kph, and at 12km up to 54.8. Campenaerts continued to build his pace in the first quarter hour, covering 13.75km – on pace for 55km if he could remain steady.

After the equivalent of four consecutive individual pursuits (16km) the Belgian’s pace was nudging over the 55kph average after a few quick laps, but signs of struggle began to show – a drift above the sprinter’s line here, a lap time of 16.4 seconds there – but for the most part his form and pace was rock solid.

At the halfway point, the 27-year-old dailled his effort back into the sweet spot, ticking off even 16.3-second laps, and covering 27.75km in just over 30 minutes and on track to breaking the record.

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