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Wiggins will not defend national time trial title
June 17, 2015 (03:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Cyclingnews understands that Bradley Wiggins will not defend his British national time trial title next week. A report emerged earlier this week that Wiggins had made a late decision to ride against the clock at the national championships, due to take place on Thursday, June 25. Wiggins won last years event in Monmouthshire, Wales, beating teammate Geraint Thomas by over a minute on the 26-mile test. It was his third title - after winning in 2009 - and 2010, and, he said, his last. Wiggins' agent Julian Henry confirmed to Cyclingnews that the new Hour Record holder was not set to race at the national championships in Cadwell Park. Wiggins set a new Hour Record at the start of this month, pushing the benchmark to 54.526 at the Lee Valley VeloPark in London. He was due to make his first appearance on the track since his record-breaking ride at the 6 days of Roses at the Velodrome in Fiorenzuola d'Arda, which begins on June 28. However, Wiggins has pulled out of the event and has recommended Great Britain teammate Stephen Burke as his replacement.ADVERTISEMENT According to the organiser Claudio Santi, posting on his Facebook page earlier today, Wiggins' recovery from his Hour Record attempt has been "harder than expected." While he's not competing in the event, Wiggins is due to travel to Italy for an altitude training camp. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Dowsett keen on tackling Wiggins UCI Hour Record
June 10, 2015 (02:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Alex Dowsett (Movistar) is open to the idea of tackling the UCI Hour Record in the future after seeing Bradley Wiggins eclipse his effort last weekend. Dowsett had raised the bar to 52.937 kilometers last month but saw Wiggins move the distance out to 54.526 at the London Olympic velodrome. Wiggins ride was really impressive, Dowsett told Cyclingnews at the Criterium du Dauphine. We expected, everyone expected, massive things from him and he delivered. It was really good to watch and if anyone was going to take my record it was always going to be Bradley. I think its exactly what we expected. When Dowsett broke the record in May he admitted almost immediately that he had ridden at a relatively conservatively pace and that he would be willing to take on another assault regardless of Wiggins upcoming ride. An attempt on the Hour Record involves a training programme that takes months of meticulous planning, costs, and sacrifice. Another attempt from Dowsett isnt currently in his plans but he told Cyclingnews that he would be open to the idea in the longterm future. Its down to the management, its a big thing to organise an Hour Record. Personally I would like to have another crack. Ive got a lot of time on my side though. Its a huge ask. At 52.9 kilometres I made no bones about it, that it was a controlled effort from me. However the next step, its exponential to step from that to 54.5 is going to be massive, so it's not something I want to rush into. So it would be something to look at over the next eight or nine years, he told Cyclingnews.ADVERTISEMENT I would like to have another go because it was something I enjoyed doing, if just to better my own time, to take on something as monumental as Bradleys record, it needs to be very well planned and executed. Wiggins has raised the bar but due to high air pressure he was not able to break the 55-kilometre barrier. At his post-hour press conference he told the media that he could have added another 750 meters had conditions been more favourable. At some point someone is going to come along and run faster than Usain Bolt. Thats how records work. Theres a lot of great bike riders out there, Brads one of them, if not the best bike rider thats ever been, in terms of versatility, but whether I am capable or not I dont know: Im not capable of 90 per cent of what hes done, but I am capable of some things.Hour controversy Dowsett is currently riding the Dauphine in France and has a shot of making the teams Tour de France squad. However in the last 24 hours he has been embroiled in controversy after a member of his Hour Record entourage openly questioned the validity of Wiggins ride by suggesting that he bike was illegal and that British Cycling were too heavily involved. Firstly, my coach is Mark Walker and theres been some confusion around this because the comments came from Steve Collins. Steve was at a lot of training sessions with me doing timekeeping and he gave up a lot to help me and its something he is very, probably more emotionally involved in than me. He said some choice words which I personally disagreed with. Dowsett clarified his position by backing the sponsors around him for the support they provided during his build-up and final assault on the Hour Record before praising British Cycling. My Canyon was a very good bike and Brads bike looked like an extremely good bike. If hes on the start line then it's legal, simple as that, and as for the British Cycling comment: we never asked. I had a fantastic team with Movistar, Canyon, Endura, more than enough support. British Cycling helped us on the day and I never asked the GB team or British Cycling for help in my build-up as I didnt feel I needed it. The GB team did move one of their training sessions for me and they helped with the logistics as well, and for that Im really grateful. If I had asked for more help Im sure they would have been quite hands on for me. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Wiggins' Hour Record attempt was illegal, says Dowsett's coach
June 10, 2015 (02:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The coach of former UCI Hour Record holder Alex Dowsett, Steve Collins, has spoken out against Bradley Wiggins' recent record breaking attempt, saying that it was done illegally. Wiggins set a new benchmark of 54.526km at the Lee Valley VeloPark on Sunday evening, significantly improving on Dowsetts record of 52.937. Collins, who helped coach Dowsett during his preparation for the event, claimed in an interview with BBC Radio Essex that the Pinarello Bolide HR Wiggins used for the even went against the regulations. "One of the sad bits about it was that Bradley's bike wasn't in production," he told the radio station. "For attempts like that it should all be production available so you can buy it off the shelf. You can't get 3D-printed handlebars moulded to your own arms to make it easier for your own attempt."ADVERTISEMENT Wiggins' bike was developed by Pinarello and motor company Jaguar, as was the case with their recent Dogma K8-S, and is modelled on the Bolide time trial frame. Article 1.3.007 of the UCI regulations state that a bike "designed especially for the attainment of a particular performance (record or other) shall be not authorised." According to the UCI's rules, the bike must become commercially available within nine months of Wiggins' attempt. Although that doesn't mean youll be able to purchase it at your local bike shop. A press release posted on the Pinarello website when the bike was revealed states that the bike was sanctioned by the UCI. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Johan Bruyneel defends his presence at Wiggins' UCI Hour Record
June 09, 2015 (01:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
As Bradley Wiggins made his way around the Olympic velodrome in London on Sunday, he was pushing cycling forward in terms of raising the bar of the historic UCI Hour Record, but ghosts of the sports past were looming large. Johan Bruyneel, the banned director who guided Lance Armstrong to all seven of his Tour de France victories from 1999 to 2005, was enjoying the action trackside. Laughing and sipping wine with him was Pat McQuaid the ex-president of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) who oversaw that most ugly of chapters in cyclings history. Photos emerged of the two and for some it was a difficult image to stomach, souring an otherwise momentous occasion.ADVERTISEMENT Bruyneel was handed a 10-year ban from sport last year by the American Arbitration Association, which found he was at the apex of a conspiracy to commit widespread doping on the USPS and Discovery Channel teams spanning many years and many riders. That Bruyneel was able to enjoy VIP privileges at a UCI-associated event may not sit comfortably but there was nothing to stop him being there. His ban only applies to involvement in direct the competitive side of sport and he is free to attend sporting events as a spectator. Speaking to Cyclingnews, Bruyneel argued that he bought his own ticket and had every right to attend. I bought the tickets myself, he said. It was 200 a ticket and I paid 1000 to go with my four friends who I invited. So I dont really see whats wrong with that. As far as I know I can attend a sporting event. If I buy a ticket for a Chelsea game Im going to go to the game. Its as simple as that. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Merckx: Wiggins' Hour Record will stay for some time
June 09, 2015 (01:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Eddy Merckx believes that Bradley Wiggins has put the UCI Hour Record out of sight for some time. The Brit rode to a distance of 54.562 kilometres at the Lee Valley VeloPark velodrome in London on Sunday evening, surpassing Alex Dowsetts previous benchmark of 52.937, which was set last month. I think Wiggins has become the world record holder for a while, said Merckx told Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad. You must be more than gifted to ride further. Few of the current peloton can go faster.ADVERTISEMENT Merckx himself once held the Hour Record, riding 49.431km back in 1972, an experience he describes as the most painful hour of my entire career. The Belgian, who didnt see Wiggins ride as he was en route to an airport, believes there arent many riders capable of going further than the current world time trial champion. I didnt see it myself but Im curious to see his lap times, he said. I only see Fabian Cancellara and Tony Martin [breaking the record]. But the German Etixx-QuickStep rider will have to improve his position on the bike. To subscribe to the Cyclingnews video channel, click here. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Indurain: Bradley Wiggins is a legend
June 08, 2015 (03:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
As Bradley Wiggins roared over the line to set the new UCI Hour Record of 54.526 kilometres Miguel Indurain " a former holder of the Hour and described by Wiggins as one his childhood heroes " watched on. In his days as a professional, Indurain was a man of few words, a rider who did his talking on the bike rather than off it. When Wiggins picked off the marker record of Alex Dowsett, Indurain merely glanced up at the media, smiled and offered a generous thumbs up. It was all he really needed to do, the deafening noise of the partisan crowd providing enough evidence as to ascertain what Wiggins efforts truly meant. Hes set a really impressive record tonight, Indurain told Cyclingnews as Wiggins soaked up the applause during his celebratory laps. What stood out was how consistent he was on the track with his speed. I thought he would do between 54 and 55 kilometres but what we saw was the maximum Bradley could do in these conditions. Wiggins ride sees him join a select group of riders, including Merckx and Coppi, who have won the Tour de France and also beaten the Hour Record. Until Sunday Indurain was the last to enter the group. Wiggins in now in the club. Hes won a Tour and now the Hour Record but dont forget he has won a lot of other races and he has the huge success from the Olympics. Hes a champion. Everyone has their ideas of what a legend is but Bradley is one of them. The new record may entice others to throw their hat into the ring, a factor that Wiggins said that he would welcome. Indurain, who broke the record once but also had a failed attempt in Colombia in 1995, believes that riders such as Tony Martin, Fabian Cancellara and former holder Alex Dowsett could be tempted to take on the challenge. Wiggins took half a season to do this. Youre talking about great champions with Martin, Cancellara and, of course, Dowsett. Wiggins has set a new record but if the others prepare, then they have a chance. This new record raises the bar really high and I dont think theres too much room for the rest. Will Wiggins go again? I dont know, youll have to ask him.ADVERTISEMENT You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Wiggins raises UCI Hour Record bar to 54.526 kilometres
June 08, 2015 (00:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
When Bradley Wiggins wheeled to a standstill at the London Olympic velodrome after setting a new UCI Hour Record distance of 54.526 kilometres, he barely had a millisecond to ponder what he had achieved. Laps of honour, television cameras thrust at him and a hastily presented jersey to celebrate the distance all had to be presented before an in-house audience and those watching at home. Finally, when he was brought before the waiting press on the ground floor of the velodrome and away from the sweltering conditions of the track, Wiggins spoke of satisfaction, pride and relief. Satisfaction over the distance he had covered in an hour " although he admitted that had the air pressure been lower he could have added another 750 meters. Pride at joining an elite club of Tour de France winners who broke the record that includes Miguel Indurain and Eddy Merckx, and relief in finally completing the goal he set out to accomplish upon departing Team Sky in April.ADVERTISEMENT Its a huge relief more than anything. I was confident that I could break the record but until you actually go through the process and do it theres always that element, not doubt, but until its done he said at the start of his press conference. In truth, Wiggins achieved no more and no less what was expected of him, which in itself is a rather telling footnote to the recent indulgence of Hour Records. With Dowsett, Dennis, Bobridge and the rest the pre-match conjecture had been whether the record could be broken. With Wiggins it was a matter of by how much he could move the bar. In conditions that were far from favourable he set about dismantling Dowsetts record lap by lap. He was under record pace from the outset and had the air pressure been lower " it was at the highest it had been in recent weeks " he could have gone above 55 kilometres. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Video: Bradley Wiggins' Pinarello Bolide HR
June 08, 2015 (00:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
On Sunday evening Bradley Wiggins will become the eighth rider to attempt the UCIHour Record since the rules were amended last year. Wiggins is largely expected to break Alex Dowsetts benchmark of 52.937. In conjunction with Jaguar, Pinarello have designed a special Bolide HR for the event " a take on their Bolide time trial bike for the road. Its a very historic brand in cycling and its a very space-age bike. Theyve really pushed the boundaries with the help of Jaguar, Wiggins said of his bike.ADVERTISEMENT Take a closer look at Wiggins Pinarello Bolide HR in the below video. To subscribe to the Cyclingnews video channel, click here. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Bradley Wiggins breaks hour record at London velodrome (The Associated Press)
June 07, 2015 (23:45) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Olympic champion and Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins added another prestigious honor to his collection on Sunday, breaking the UCI Hour Record by covering 54.526 kilometers (33.88 miles) at the velodrome in London's Olympic Park. ''That's the closest I will come to knowing what it's like to have a baby,'' Wiggins said, referring to the pain in his legs after smashing the record of 52.937 kilometers set just last month by fellow Englishman Alex Dowsett. Wiggins became the sixth cyclist to win the Tour de France - cycling's greatest race - and break the hour record, after Lucien Petit-Breton, Fausto Coppi, Jacques Anquetil, Eddy Merckx and Miguel Indurain. More...
Wiggins smashes UCI world hour record (Reuters)
June 07, 2015 (23:45) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
By Douglas Beattie LONDON (Reuters) - Briton Bradley Wiggins added the UCI world hour record to his extensive cycling career honors tally on Sunday when he covered 54.526km in the London Olympic velodrome to smash the mark set by fellow Briton Alex Dowsett last month. Wiggins -- who undertook six weeks of intensive training ahead of the blue riband event for the furthest distance traveled in one hour -- rode into history in front of six thousand noisy fans, destroying the 52.937 set by Dowsett in Manchester. Wiggins is the fifth person since September to break the record -- held in the past by Eddy Merckx and Chris Boardman -- after the UCI changed the rules to allow riders to use whatever equipment is ruled legal for track timed events. More...
Cycling-Wiggins smashes UCI world hour record (Reuters)
June 07, 2015 (23:45) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
* Wiggins adds iconic record to career list * Destroys old mark by more than 1.5km (Adds quotes) By Douglas Beattie LONDON, June 7 (Reuters) - Briton Bradley Wiggins added the UCI world hour record to his extensive cycling career honours tally on Sunday when he covered 54.526km in the London Olympic velodrome to smash the mark set by fellow Briton Alex Dowsett last month. Wiggins -- who undertook six weeks of intensive training ahead of the blue riband event for the furthest distance travelled in one hour -- rode into history in front of six thousand noisy fans, destroying the 52.937 set by Dowsett in Manchester. Wiggins is the fifth person since September to break the record -- held in the past by Eddy Merckx and Chris Boardman -- after the UCI changed the rules to allow riders to use whatever equipment is ruled legal for track timed events. More...
Bradley Wiggins breaks hour record at London velodrome
June 07, 2015 (21:30) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
LONDON (AP) " Former Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins has broken cycling's prestigious hour record, covering 54.526 kilometers (33.88 miles) in 60 minutes at the velodrome in London's Olympic Park.In front of a raucous sell-out... More...
Bradley Wiggins breaks hour record at London velodrome (The Associated Press)
June 07, 2015 (21:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
LONDON (AP) -- Former Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins has broken cycling's prestigious hour record, covering 54.526 kilometers (33.88 miles) in 60 minutes at the velodrome in London's Olympic Park. More...
Wiggins smashes UCI world hour record (Reuters)
June 07, 2015 (21:00) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
By Douglas Beattie LONDON (Reuters) - Briton Bradley Wiggins added the UCI world hour record to his extensive cycling career honors tally on Sunday when he covered 54.526km in the London Olympic velodrome to smashed the mark set by fellow Briton Alex Dowsett last month. Wiggins -- who undertook six weeks of intensive training ahead of the blue riband event for the furthest distance traveled in one hour -- rode into history in front of six thousand noisy fans, destroying the 52.937 set by Dowsett in Manchester. The 35 year-old took the record -- which has been held in the past by Eddy Merckx and Chris Boardman -- with a controlled and highly assured performance, albeit just short of the 55km which Wiggins himself had targeted. More...
Cycling-Wiggins smashes UCI world hour record (Reuters)
June 07, 2015 (21:00) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
By Douglas Beattie LONDON, June 7 (Reuters) - Briton Bradley Wiggins added the UCI world hour record to his extensive cycling career honours tally on Sunday when he covered 54.526km in the London Olympic velodrome to smashed the mark set by fellow Briton Alex Dowsett last month. Wiggins -- who undertook six weeks of intensive training ahead of the blue riband event for the furthest distance travelled in one hour -- rode into history in front of six thousand noisy fans, destroying the 52.937 set by Dowsett in Manchester. The 35 year-old took the record -- which has been held in the past by Eddy Merckx and Chris Boardman -- with a controlled and highly assured performance, albeit just short of the 55km which Wiggins himself had targeted. More...
Cycling: Wiggins breaks hour record
June 07, 2015 (20:45) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Sir Bradley Wiggins has broken the world hour record for most distance completed in a velodrome over 60 minutes.The Tour de France champion completed 218 laps and 54.562km breaking the previous record of 212 laps and 52.937km.More... More...
BRITON BRADLEY WIGGINS BREAKS UCI HOUR WORLD RECORD ON LONDON'S OLYMPIC TRACK (Reuters)
June 07, 2015 (20:30) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
BRITON BRADLEY WIGGINS BREAKS UCI HOUR WORLD RECORD ON LONDON'S OLYMPIC TRACK More...
Obree 'certain' Wiggins will break UCI Hour Record
June 07, 2015 (00:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
In an interview published today by The Guardian, former UCI Hour Record holder Graeme Obree said he is certain Bradley Wiggins will set a new markon Sunday in London, but he hopes the British Olympic champion doesnt put it out of reach for other riders. Theres been a lot of hype from his camp, Obree told The Guardian. There is a huge weight of expectation, but 55km is a tall order for any human being. Weve seen Jack Bobridge and other guys fail and thats an insight into just how hard it is. Id be surprised if he didnt break Alex Dowsetts record, Obree said. But you have to bear in mind that Dowsett didnt reach his full potential.ADVERTISEMENT Obree told The Guardian that if Wiggins goes above 55km he believes it would put the record out of touch for the current peloton and discourage other riders from making their own attempts. If he does less than 55km I dont think the chapter is closed, Obree said. I want him to be good but not great so that the story keeps on rolling. The risk for Brad is not doing enough to stave off Dowsett coming back, he said. In that case you could have a repeat of the Obree and Boardman thing. And there are two other riders, Fabian Cancellara and Tony Martin, who could try it. If he does over 55, that could put it on the shelf for another generation. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Wiggins will break Hour Record with 54 or 54.5km ride, says Voigt
June 07, 2015 (00:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Former UCI Hour Record holder Jens Voigt said this week that he expects Bradley Wiggins to break the record on Sunday with a mark of 54 or 54.5km.During an interview with Sky Sports, Voigt said Wiggins goal of 55km will be hard to achieve. I know he wants to aim at 55km, but 55km but is very fast and we just dont have the 'Superman' position anymore like Chris Boardman had, or smaller front wheels, which give you better aerodynamics, like the boys had in the past, Voigt told Sky Sports. We are still using fairly fast bikes, but there are limits to it, he said. OK, he has got the whole science project from Team Sky behind him, but also Bradley is not getting younger.ADVERTISEMENT Although hes now retired, Voigt can be credited with starting the ball rolling in regard to the current UCI Hour Record attempts. The German, who ended his career after the 2014 season, was the first rider to break the record after the UCI changed the rules last year. Voigt set a new a mark of 51.110km on the Velodrome Suisse in Grenchen, Switzerland on September 18, and the record has changed hands three times since then, with Alex Dowsett (Movistar) holding the current mark of 52.937 that he set last month on the Manchester Velodrome. In the Sky Sports interview, Voigt suggested there are only three currently active riders who could beat the record if Wiggins breaks it on Sunday. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Bradley Wiggins liberated by Hour Record challenge
June 06, 2015 (19:45) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
With his Hour Record attempt fast approaching, Bradley Wiggins has been relishing the unique nature of the challenge over the last seven weeks. The current world time trial champion will take on Alex Dowsetts benchmark of 52.937km on Sunday at the Lee Valley VeloPark in London and is widely tipped to surpass it. Wiggins has always had a fierce individualistic streak and now has the chance to indulge it after years of being a cog in the machines of Team Sky and the British Olympic set-up. Youre a one-man band, he told reporters at the velodrome on Tuesday. From the start of this it was my project " I had to take control and lead it, and have my own input and ideas on what I thought I needed to do for this record. So in that sense its been a lot easier than just being dictated to. Its quite liberating.ADVERTISEMENT Ive kind of been the head of it for the last seven weeks, dictating to everyone, were going to do this, were going to do that. So you are your own boss really. Its like being in charge of the company and telling everyone what to do. Its a lot easier " a hell of a lot easier. Wigginss power is not completely unchecked, though. In his corner is British Cycling track coach Heiko Salzwedel, with whom he has struck up an effective working relationship. Its quite difficult for anyone coming in and coaching me for this, said the 35-year-old. Ive known Heiko for a long time. Hes old school and hell just tell me how it is. So theres a nice balance there, which has really helped from a coaching point of view. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...

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