Jens Voigt breaks hour record with a distance of 51.115km in Swiss national velodrome
Last Updated: 19/09/14 1:28pm
Veteran German rider Jens Voigt has broken the hour record by posting a distance of 51.115km.
The 43-year-old beat the previous mark, set by the Czech Republic’s Ondrej Sosenka in 2005, by more than 1.4km in a packed Swiss national velodrome in Grenchen.
He never exceeded his target lap time of 18 seconds and even dropped into the 16s as he finished with a flourish.
Voigt, who will now retire from cycling, said afterwards: “I’m so happy. Maybe I started a little bit too fast out there and I had to slow down after 20 minutes just to get in the right zone. Then in the last 20 minutes I still had a lot in the tank and I thought, ‘I’m going to give everything’.
It’s among the biggest highlights of my career. Now I can take the plane back home and there’s some pizza waiting for me.
“Now I’m on the list [of record-holders] - nobody is going to strike me off it. To be up there with the likes of Merckx, Boardman, Indurain, I’m now proud that my name is with them.
'Pizza waiting for me'
"It’s among the biggest highlights of my career. Now I can take the plane back home and there’s some pizza waiting for me.”
Voigt had been expecting to cover 50.5km and made a strong start, quickly settling into his rhythm and posting lap times in the high 17 seconds.
He slowed in the middle 20 minutes and there was a moment of concern when he climbed out of his saddle and readjusted his skinsuit, but he then began speeding back up and looked like he had energy left over at the finish.
“Our strategy was quite conservative," Voigt added. "I quickly got ahead and I knew I could stay ahead, but going over 51km is much faster than I expected. I’m really satisfied."
Voigt's achievement is expected to open the door for fresh attempts in the near future, with Sir Bradley Wiggins and Fabian Cancellara among the riders to have expressed an interest.