THE HOUR

Procycling - - Stefan Küng -

A big en­gine, an aero­dy­namic po­si­tion and years of track inesse: Ste­fan Küng wants for noth­ing should be de­cide to tackle the Hour Record, a com­pe­ti­tion re­ju­ve­nated in 2014 but put on a high shelf by Bradley Wig­gins’s mark of 54.526km set in June 2015. “When I reach that 100 per cent point, I might be able to con­tend for the Hour Record,” Küng says, his eyes light­ing up. “And when I feel I’m at that point I want to go for it.” Wig­gins’s dis­tance was high enough to de­ter other at­tempts, but Küng be­lieves it is far from un­beat­able. The un­favourable air pres­sure on the day, not to men­tion the Lon­don velo­drome be­ing at sea level, o fers him hope. “Do you at­tack it at sea level or do you go to Aguas­calientes [at al­ti­tude in Mex­ico]?” he won­ders. “If you re­ally want to mea­sure your­self against Wig­gins, you do it at sea level. But then which track? You’d have to go and look for the fastest track around. Lon­don wasn’t so bad.”

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