Dion Beuke­boom falls short of Wig­gins’s Hour record mark

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Still a very cred­itable per­for­mance — maybe the al­ti­tude idea wasn’t so ben­e­fi­cial af­ter all. The aero­dy­namic ben­e­fits were out­weighed by the lower oxy­gen lev­els, I guess. Nigel Busby

He just ran out of tal­ent. For Wig­gins’s mark to be beaten it will take one of the top-five World­tour TT spe­cial­ists cur­rently ac­tive. Daren Mil­lar

Wig­gins was in a dif­fer­ent class in the ITT, and with all the tech­no­log­i­cal sup­port, it made for the ul­ti­mate weapon. The only rider that had the legs and mind to beat him was Fabian Can­cel­lara. It’s Sad that he didn’t at­tempt to do it. Car­los Ar­royo

Top ef­fort. It must be a hor­ri­ble ride when you can see you’re down, won’t break the record but still have 40km to ride. Dan Bass­ford

It was a poor day. He needed the best con­di­tions to suc­ceed and got a bad day in­stead. Kevin Aller­ton

Shows how dif­fi­cult the record will be to beat. I thought the al­ti­tude would help. Great ef­fort all the same. Ian Mitchell

Go­ing for the Hour record at al­ti­tude was a strange de­ci­sion. Fastest track is ei­ther Man­ches­ter, New­port or Paris. And there’s no long-haul travel to mess up the body ei­ther. Stan Mcal­is­ter

Dutch­man Beuke­boom went flat out but it wasn’t enough

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