Wig­gins breaks hour record in Lon­don

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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 took some time to re- cover from his ex­er­tions — then hoisted his bike above his head in cel­e­bra­tion in front of a rau­cous sell-out crowd.

Wig­gins be­came the sixth cy­clist to win the Tour de France — cy­cling’s great­est race — and break the hour record, af­ter Lu­cien PetitBre­ton, Fausto Coppi, Jac­ques An­quetil, Eddy Mer­ckx and Miguel In­durain.

“I al­ways com­pare my­self to the greats and I am just glad to be in the com­pany of those guys,” the 35-year-old Wig­gins said. “To get up there and do that . to put your­self on the line takes a lot of cour- age and it’s a men­tal game as much as any­thing.”

The four-time Olympic cham­pion had said he was tar­get­ing 55K, or 220 laps around the track.

It is the fifth time the record has been bro­ken since gov­ern­ing body UCI changed the rules last year to al­low cy­clists to ride bikes that can be used for en­durance track events.

In 2012, Wig­gins won the Tour de France and was the Olympic time-trial cham­pion. He has also won three Olympic gold medals on the track, and plans to com­pete in the velo­drome again at next year’s Rio de Janeiro Games.

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