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Filippo Ganna to take on World Hour Record in August

Italys Filippo Ganna competes in the mens Individual Pursuit qualifying during the UCI Track Cycling World Championships at The JeanStablinski Velodrome in Roubaix northern France on October 22 2021 Photo by Denis Charlet AFP Photo by DENIS CHARLETAFP via Getty Images
Filippo Ganna taking on the Individual Pursuit at the 2021 UCI Track World Championships (Image credit: DENIS CHARLETAFP via Getty Images)

Having talked up an attempt at the World Hour Record in the past, Filippo Ganna is set to take on the challenge later this year, with August 23-24 set aside for his attempt.

The Italian will take on the challenge at the Velodrome Suisse in Grenchen, Switzerland – the same venue that Ellen van Dijk will make her attempt on Monday, May 23 – reports La Gazzetta dello Sport.

Ganna is currently at an altitude training camp at Mount Teide in Tenerife ahead of his return to racing following the end of his spring block at Paris-Roubaix. He'll take on the Critérium du Dauphiné in June before racing the Italian time trial Championships on June 22.

The major goal of his summer is set to be the Tour de France, which kicks off on July 1 with a 13km time trial in Copenhagen, an opportunity for Ganna to take the yellow jersey for the first time in his career.

The Tour will end on July 24 in Paris, leaving just a month to prepare for the World Hour Record, should Ganna finish the race.

As he prepares for the attempt, Ganna will work with Ineos Grenadiers directeur sportif Dario Cioni as well as Marco Villa, the technical commissioner for Italy's track teams.

The 25-year-old will head to Switzerland for the attempt, with the Velodrome Suisse having previously hosted the European Track Championships last year. The velodrome is at 451 metres altitude, a far cry from the high-altitude Aguascalientes Velodrome in Mexico, which lies 1,887 metres above sea level and has hosted numerous World Hour Record attempts in recent years.

The current World Hour Record is currently held by Victor Campenaerts, who set a distance of 55.089 kilometres at Aguascalientes in April 2019.

Ganna has long been tipped as a favourite to push the record even further, given his time trialling and track prowess. As well as being two-time time trial world champion on the road, he's also a European and world champion in the Individual Pursuit on the track and has Team Pursuit titles to his name at Olympic, European, and world levels.

Last year, following Alex Dowsett's World Hour Record attempt, Campenaerts tipped Ganna to smash his record.

"It wouldn't surprise me if he did around 57.5km," Campaenaerts said. "The pity then it that it will be the last World Hour Record for many decades. Nobody will want to try it again."

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Daniel Ostanek is production editor at Cyclingnews, having joined in 2017 as a freelance contributor and later being hired as staff writer. Before Cyclingnews, he was published in numerous publications around the cycling world, including Procycling, CyclingWeekly, CyclingTips, Cyclist, and Rouleur, among others. As well as reporting and writing news and features, Daniel runs the 'How to watch' content throughout the season.

Daniel has reported from the world's top races, including the Tour de France, and has interviewed a number of the sport's biggest stars, including Egan Bernal, Wout van Aert, Remco Evenepoel, Mark Cavendish, and Anna van der Breggen. Daniel rides a 2002 Landbouwkrediet Colnago C40 and his favourite races are Strade Bianche and the Vuelta a España.