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Filippo Ganna adds 4,000m track cycling world record to hour benchmark

Filippo Ganna adds 4,000m track cycling world record to hour benchmark

Filippo Ganna celebrates his individual pursuit gold at the world championships in France. The Italian cyclist Filippo Ganna has set a groundbreaking world record in…

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Filippo Ganna celebrates his individual pursuit gold at the world championships in France. The Italian cyclist Filippo Ganna has set a groundbreaking world record in the 4,000m individual pursuit, posting a time of 3min 59.636sec to win gold at the world track cycling championships in France.

Ganna is the first rider to break the four-minute barrier at sea level, with his feat at the Quentin-en-Yvelines Vélodrome coming just six days after he set an hour record in Switzerland . The 26-year-old covered 56.792km at the Tissot velodrome in Grenchen, breaking Dan Bigham’s previous record by 1.244km.

“It’s been an amazing week. I tried to do something special with the hour record, and I realised one of my dreams, and I tried to do the individual pursuit record too,” Ganna said at the venue outside Paris. “I do it and now we think it’s just [time] to celebrate and recover a little bit, because this has been a really intensive season.”

Ganna took nearly three-tenths of a second off the previous mark of 3:59.930, set at altitude in Mexico by the American Ashton Lambie in August 2021. His Italian compatriot Jonathan Milan took silver after finishing more than 4sec behind. Portugal’s Ivo Oliveira won bronze, with Bigham in fourth.

The five-time individual pursuit world champion believes his hour race helped his preparations. “I learned a lot from the position and the effort, and I think one of the secrets to this race was the preparations for this amazing hour record,” Ganna added.

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