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Bradley Wiggins sets new UCI World Hour Record

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Bradley Wiggins celebrates breaking the UCI Hour Record at Lee Valley Velopark Velodrome in London.

Bradley Wiggins celebrates breaking the UCI Hour Record at Lee Valley Velopark Velodrome in London.
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Team Wiggins F-type is seen with Sir Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain and Team Wiggins' world record on the number plate after he broke the UCI One Hour Record at Lee Valley Velopark Velodrome

Team Wiggins F-type is seen with Sir Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain and Team Wiggins' world record on the number plate after he broke the UCI One Hour Record at Lee Valley Velopark Velodrome
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Bradley Wiggins recovers after breaking the UCI One Hour Record at Lee Valley Velopark Velodrome

Bradley Wiggins recovers after breaking the UCI One Hour Record at Lee Valley Velopark Velodrome
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Bradley Wiggins on his way to breaking the UCI One Hour Record at Lee Valley Velopark Velodrome.

Bradley Wiggins on his way to breaking the UCI One Hour Record at Lee Valley Velopark Velodrome.
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Bradley Wiggins on his way to breaking the UCI One Hour Record at Lee Valley Velopark Velodrome.

Bradley Wiggins on his way to breaking the UCI One Hour Record at Lee Valley Velopark Velodrome.
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Bradley Wiggins on his way to breaking the UCI One Hour Record at Lee Valley Velopark Velodrome.

Bradley Wiggins on his way to breaking the UCI One Hour Record at Lee Valley Velopark Velodrome.
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Bradley Wiggins on his way to breaking the UCI One Hour Record at Lee Valley Velopark Velodrome.

Bradley Wiggins on his way to breaking the UCI One Hour Record at Lee Valley Velopark Velodrome.
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Bradley Wiggins on his way to breaking the UCI One Hour Record at Lee Valley Velopark Velodrome.

Bradley Wiggins on his way to breaking the UCI One Hour Record at Lee Valley Velopark Velodrome.
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Bradley Wiggins on his way to breaking the UCI One Hour Record at Lee Valley Velopark Velodrome.

Bradley Wiggins on his way to breaking the UCI One Hour Record at Lee Valley Velopark Velodrome.
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Bradley Wiggins on his way to breaking the UCI One Hour Record at Lee Valley Velopark Velodrome.

Bradley Wiggins on his way to breaking the UCI One Hour Record at Lee Valley Velopark Velodrome.
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Bradley Wiggins on his way to breaking the UCI One Hour Record at Lee Valley Velopark Velodrome.

Bradley Wiggins on his way to breaking the UCI One Hour Record at Lee Valley Velopark Velodrome.
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Bradley Wiggins during his successful UCI Hour Record ride.

Bradley Wiggins during his successful UCI Hour Record ride.
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Bradley Wiggins is a blur during his UCI Hour Record ride.

Bradley Wiggins is a blur during his UCI Hour Record ride.
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Bradley Wiggins in action on his way to setting a new UCI Hour Record

Bradley Wiggins in action on his way to setting a new UCI Hour Record
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Bradley Wiggins in action during his UCI Hour Record ride.

Bradley Wiggins in action during his UCI Hour Record ride.
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Wiggins' coach tells him to ease back just a bit during his Hour Record attempt.

Wiggins' coach tells him to ease back just a bit during his Hour Record attempt.
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Bradley Wiggins on his way to breaking the UCI One Hour Record at Lee Valley Velopark Velodrome.

Bradley Wiggins on his way to breaking the UCI One Hour Record at Lee Valley Velopark Velodrome.
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Bradley Wiggins on his way to breaking the UCI One Hour Record at Lee Valley Velopark Velodrome.

Bradley Wiggins on his way to breaking the UCI One Hour Record at Lee Valley Velopark Velodrome.
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Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain and Team Wiggins leaves the track after breaking the UCI One Hour Record at Lee Valley Velopark Velodrome

Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain and Team Wiggins leaves the track after breaking the UCI One Hour Record at Lee Valley Velopark Velodrome
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Coach Heiko Salzwedel holds information as Sir Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain and Team Wiggins tries to break the UCI One Hour Record at Lee Valley Velopark Velodrome.

Coach Heiko Salzwedel holds information as Sir Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain and Team Wiggins tries to break the UCI One Hour Record at Lee Valley Velopark Velodrome.
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Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain and Team Wiggins is congratulated by coach Heiko Salzwedel after breaking the UCI One Hour Record at Lee Valley Velopark Velodrome.

Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain and Team Wiggins is congratulated by coach Heiko Salzwedel after breaking the UCI One Hour Record at Lee Valley Velopark Velodrome.
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Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain and Team Wiggins is congratulated by coach Heiko Salzwedel after breaking the UCI One Hour Record at Lee Valley Velopark Velodrome.

Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain and Team Wiggins is congratulated by coach Heiko Salzwedel after breaking the UCI One Hour Record at Lee Valley Velopark Velodrome.
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Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain and Team Wiggins celebrates after breaking the UCI One Hour Record at Lee Valley Velopark Velodrome.

Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain and Team Wiggins celebrates after breaking the UCI One Hour Record at Lee Valley Velopark Velodrome.
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Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain and Team Wiggins celebrates after the UCI One Hour Record at Lee Valley Velopark Velodrome.

Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain and Team Wiggins celebrates after the UCI One Hour Record at Lee Valley Velopark Velodrome.
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Supporters cheer on Sir Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain and Team Wiggins as he tries to break the UCI One Hour Record at Lee Valley Velopark Velodrome.

Supporters cheer on Sir Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain and Team Wiggins as he tries to break the UCI One Hour Record at Lee Valley Velopark Velodrome.
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Supporters cheer on Sir Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain and Team Wiggins as he tries to break the UCI One Hour Record at Lee Valley Velopark Velodrome.

Supporters cheer on Sir Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain and Team Wiggins as he tries to break the UCI One Hour Record at Lee Valley Velopark Velodrome.
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Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain and Team Wiggins celebrates after the UCI One Hour Record at Lee Valley Velopark Velodrome

Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain and Team Wiggins celebrates after the UCI One Hour Record at Lee Valley Velopark Velodrome
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Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain and Team Wiggins celebrates after the UCI One Hour Record at Lee Valley Velopark Velodrome

Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain and Team Wiggins celebrates after the UCI One Hour Record at Lee Valley Velopark Velodrome
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Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain and Team Wiggins celebrates after the UCI One Hour Record at Lee Valley Velopark Velodrome.

Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain and Team Wiggins celebrates after the UCI One Hour Record at Lee Valley Velopark Velodrome.
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Supporters cheer on Sir Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain and Team Wiggins as he tries to break the UCI One Hour Record at Lee Valley Velopark Velodrome.

Supporters cheer on Sir Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain and Team Wiggins as he tries to break the UCI One Hour Record at Lee Valley Velopark Velodrome.
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Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain and Team Wiggins celebrates after the UCI One Hour Record at Lee Valley Velopark Velodrome

Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain and Team Wiggins celebrates after the UCI One Hour Record at Lee Valley Velopark Velodrome
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 Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain and Team Wiggins celebrates after the UCI One Hour Record at Lee Valley Velopark Velodrome.

Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain and Team Wiggins celebrates after the UCI One Hour Record at Lee Valley Velopark Velodrome.
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Miguel Indurain congratulates Wiggins on joining the exclusive club of riders who have won the Tour de France and held the UCI Hour Record.

Miguel Indurain congratulates Wiggins on joining the exclusive club of riders who have won the Tour de France and held the UCI Hour Record.
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Coach Heiko Salzwedel keeps an eye on Bradley Wiggins during his new UCI Hour Record

Coach Heiko Salzwedel keeps an eye on Bradley Wiggins during his new UCI Hour Record
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Bradley Wiggins on the track in London for the Hour Record.

Bradley Wiggins on the track in London for the Hour Record.
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Bradley Wiggins on his way to setting a new UCI Hour Record.

Bradley Wiggins on his way to setting a new UCI Hour Record.
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Fans outside the velodrome inspect the Wiggins team car.

Fans outside the velodrome inspect the Wiggins team car.
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Fans outside the velodrome inspect the Wiggins team car.

Fans outside the velodrome inspect the Wiggins team car.
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Checking out Miguel Indurain.s 1994 Hour Record bike

Checking out Miguel Indurain.s 1994 Hour Record bike
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Fans enter the Lee Valley VeloPark for Wiggins' Hour Record attempt.

Fans enter the Lee Valley VeloPark for Wiggins' Hour Record attempt.
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London's Lee Valley VeloPark.

London's Lee Valley VeloPark.
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Bradley Wiggins after breaking Alex Dowsett's UCI Hour Record.

Bradley Wiggins after breaking Alex Dowsett's UCI Hour Record.
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Bradley Wiggins celebrates breaking the UCI Hour Record at Lee Valley Velopark Velodrome in London.

Bradley Wiggins celebrates breaking the UCI Hour Record at Lee Valley Velopark Velodrome in London.
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Bradley Wiggins celebrates breaking the UCI Hour Record at Lee Valley Velopark Velodrome in London.

Bradley Wiggins celebrates breaking the UCI Hour Record at Lee Valley Velopark Velodrome in London.
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Bradley Wiggins celebrates breaking the UCI Hour Record at Lee Valley Velopark Velodrome in London.

Bradley Wiggins celebrates breaking the UCI Hour Record at Lee Valley Velopark Velodrome in London.
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Bradley Wiggins celebrates breaking the UCI Hour Record at Lee Valley Velopark Velodrome in London.

Bradley Wiggins celebrates breaking the UCI Hour Record at Lee Valley Velopark Velodrome in London.
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Wiggins' mark of 54.526 is the new gold standard for the UCI Hour Record.

Wiggins' mark of 54.526 is the new gold standard for the UCI Hour Record.
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David Millar was on hand for Wiggins' record attempt.

David Millar was on hand for Wiggins' record attempt.
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Bradley Wiggins on the track in London.

Bradley Wiggins on the track in London.
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Bradley Wiggins set a new UCI Hour Record at Lee Valley Velopark Velodrome

Bradley Wiggins set a new UCI Hour Record at Lee Valley Velopark Velodrome
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Bradley Wiggins in action on his way to setting a new UCI Hour Record

Bradley Wiggins in action on his way to setting a new UCI Hour Record
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Bradley Wiggins during his successful UCI Hour Record ride.

Bradley Wiggins during his successful UCI Hour Record ride.
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A crowd packed the Lee Valley VeloPark Velodrome for Wiggin's UCI Hour Record attempt.

A crowd packed the Lee Valley VeloPark Velodrome for Wiggin's UCI Hour Record attempt.
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Bradley Wiggins on his way to riding 54.256 km during his Hour Record attempt.

Bradley Wiggins on his way to riding 54.256 km during his Hour Record attempt.
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Bradley Wiggins on his way to riding 54.256 km during his Hour Record attempt.

Bradley Wiggins on his way to riding 54.256 km during his Hour Record attempt.
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Bradley Wiggins on his way to riding 54.256 km during his Hour Record attempt.

Bradley Wiggins on his way to riding 54.256 km during his Hour Record attempt.
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Bradley Wiggins relaxes after breaking the UCI Hour Record.

Bradley Wiggins relaxes after breaking the UCI Hour Record.
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Bradley Wiggins relaxes after breaking the UCI Hour Record.

Bradley Wiggins relaxes after breaking the UCI Hour Record.
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Bradley Wiggins relaxes after breaking the UCI Hour Record.

Bradley Wiggins relaxes after breaking the UCI Hour Record.
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Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain and Team Wiggins celebrates with his family after breaking the UCI Hour Record at Lee Valley Velopark Velodrome

Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain and Team Wiggins celebrates with his family after breaking the UCI Hour Record at Lee Valley Velopark Velodrome
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Bradley Wiggins celebrates with his family after breaking the UCI Hour Record.

Bradley Wiggins celebrates with his family after breaking the UCI Hour Record.
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Wiggins comes in after breaking the UCI Hour Record.

Wiggins comes in after breaking the UCI Hour Record.
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Bradley Wiggins ahead of his UCI Hour Record attempt.

Bradley Wiggins ahead of his UCI Hour Record attempt.
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Bradley Wiggins celebrates breaking the UCI Hour Record at Lee Valley Velopark Velodrome in London.

Bradley Wiggins celebrates breaking the UCI Hour Record at Lee Valley Velopark Velodrome in London.
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 Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain trains at the Lee Valley Velopark ahead of his UCI Hour Record attempt on June 7.

Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain trains at the Lee Valley Velopark ahead of his UCI Hour Record attempt on June 7.

Bradley Wiggins set the new standard for the UCI Hour Record on Sunday, riding 54.526 kilometres on the Lee Valley Velodrome in London to beat the previous record of 52.937 set by Alex Dowsett in May.

Although Wiggins was unable to beat the record of Chris Boardman's 'Superman' effort from the mid-1990s, he established a distance that may well deter a number of potential rivals in the near future.

With conditions far from ideal – the air pressure was far higher than expected – Wiggins still managed to execute a strategy based around discipline as much as aerodynamics and pure speed.

"I'm glad it's done," he said. "That's the closest I will come to knowing what it's like to have a baby.

"It's tortuous. It's such a relief and was such a build-up. We've been through so much, my wife and children know so much about air pressure now."

Wiggins started out like a train, quickly settling into his race pace. At the 30 lap mark he had established a 20 second lead over Dowsett, settling the nerves of the crowd, a sell-out audience that included Wiggins' childhood hero Miguel Indurain as well as Johan Bruyneel, David Millar and former UCI President Pat McQuaid.

After 10 kilometres Wiggins' fast start began to slow, but only marginally, and he was still able to distance Dowsett's marker, rattling up a 28 second buffer, the equivalent of nearly two laps, as he churned along on his 58x14 gear ratio.

With a metronomic pace, Wiggins extended the lead to 38, 48, and then 58 seconds, and at the 20 kilometre point the Olympic time trial champion had put close to 750 meters between him and Dowsett, a pace that would establish a new record well over 54km – shy of an eye-popping 55 kilometres – but given the high air, a remarkable feat all the same.

The lead pushed out to an advantage of 1,250 meters after 35 kilometres as he averaged more than 54.5 kph. Wiggins struggled over the final 10 minutes, however, as his pace slipped slightly, with his speed dipping to just above 54 kph. Wiggins picked up his pace again in the final minutes as he struggled to complete the challenge, knowing he had already topped Dowsett but hoping to establish a mark that could withstand future assaults.

In the end, Wiggins sailed across the line and into the arms of coach Heiko Salzwedel, eventually acknowledging the roaring crowd's approval by walking to mid-track and hoisting his record-breaking machine over his head in celebration. Trackside stood Indurain, and Wiggins' former team boss Dave Brailsford. The Spaniard offered a thumb's up in approval, aware that Wiggins had joined an elite club of Tour de France winners and Hour Record Holders that includes Indurain and Eddy Merckx.

"It tops it off. To do everything and come here as an old man, I had such great memories here as a kid and to come here... It's memorable.

"It's done now. I always compare myself to the greats and I am just glad to be in the company of those guys. To get up there and do that... to put yourself on the line takes a lot of courage and it's a mental game as much as anything."

 

The new UCI Hour Record announced on the big screen at the velodrome

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