Rider of the week
Bradley Wiggins put on an insane 59×14 gear and a blistering ride in order to become the newest member of the Hour Record club, stopping the clock after 54,526 kilometers, even though the 1036mb air pressure was a huge obstacle in his path and slowed him down throughout the event. By setting a new mark on the Lee Valley Velodrome in London – where he was in the attendance at the 2012 Olympics – the 35-year-old became the sixth ever Tour de France winner to break the Hour Record, following in the footsteps of Lucien Petit-Breton, Fausto Coppi, Jacques Anquetil, Eddy Merckx and Miguel Indurain.
If not for the high air pressure conditions in the UK capital, The Brit surely would have reached his target of 55 kilometers, that would have undoubtly put the Hour Record to bed for a couple of years. Still, his performance – which eclipsed the one of his fellow countryman Alex Dowsett (52,937 kilometers) – remains an impressive one and it will take an incredible ride from the future contenders to surpass this mark which helped Wiggins crown an outstanding career that will continue until the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
The Brit isn’t the most spectacular cyclist out there (and he never pretented to be), but for sure is the most versatile one, and his results speak on behalf of himself: Tour de France, Paris-Nice, Criterium du Dauphiné, Tour de Romandie, Tour of California, Tour of Britain, World and Olympic individual time trial champion, multiple World and Olympic track champion and now Hour Record holder, he has them all in his palmares, one of the best a rider has seen in the past decades, although many are still reluctant to asses his achievements. This matters less, so in the end, love him or hate him, Bradley Wiggins will go down in history as a real legend of the sport.