The Tour de France champion, Sir Bradley Wiggins has smashed the UCI hour record on Sunday night at the Lee Valley Velodrome in London. The Olympic medalist has set a new record by reaching 54.526 km mark to oust his national compatriot Alex Dowsett’s previous best 52.937 km with 1 minute and 42 seconds left on the watch.
The Velodrome was filled with almost 6,000 spectators who cheered for the renowned cyclist. Reportedly all the tickets got sold out in just 10 minutes. They were all eagerly waiting to see Wiggins triumph and eventually they left after becoming a part of the record breaking event.
The atmosphere was rough inside the Velodrome as the air pressure moved up unexpectedly. But the hostile situation couldn’t demoralize the 35-year-old cyclist. The experienced cyclist handled everything with complete mastery and completed 218 laps, seven more than Dowsett.
Wiggins admitted that it was tough and compare his effort with giving birth to a child. He was relieved after getting the expected result and this came after putting everything on the line. He assumed that even his family members had become proficient enough to understand aerodynamics properly.
The defending champion of the Olympic time-trial started his race with great speed, but gradually slowed down to keep the momentum going. After 30 laps, he was 20 second ahead of Dowsett and in the middle phase, he gained 73 seconds lead over his fellow citizen. Wiggins reduced his speed after crossing 10 kilometers, but still managed to keep the advantage. After 35 kilometers point, Wiggins managed to surpass the 54 km mark to gain 1,250 meters lead over Dowsett. But in the final ten minutes, he struggled to keep his pace and lost his raging speed slightly. He pushed hard to regain his speed in the final minutes and successfully ensured his victory.
Miguel Indurain, the role-model of Wiggins was present at the Velodrome to watch this great event. The Tour de France winner admitted that he enjoyed the company of Miguel and Chris Boardman.
The veteran British cyclist might retire from the professional cycling after the upcoming Rio Olympics.