Filippo Ganna, UCI Hour Record attempt (GCN) The Olympic team pursuit champion broke Chris Boardman’s mark of 56.375km, set by the British rider in 1996 using the now-banned ‘superman’ position
Filippo Ganna etched his name into cycling’s history books tonight, breaking not only Dan Bigham’s UCI Hour Record by over a kilometre, but also Chris Boardman’s seemingly unbeatable ‘best human effort’ of 56.375km, to set what may well prove a new insurmountable benchmark of 56.792km. In what was arguably the most hotly anticipated assault on cycling’s most illustrious record for over two decades, the Olympic team pursuit gold medallist and two-time world time trial champion put in a staggering ride in Grenchen, Switzerland.
A steady start soon gave way to a relentless effort from the Italian Ineos Grenadiers rider throughout the hour, which only truly began to turn ragged in the closing minutes and especially once Bigham’s effort had been surpassed.
That clear, sustained effort ensured that Ganna even blitzed by over 400 metres Boardman’s 1996 effort, achieved using the now-banned ‘superman’ position and in the era of the superbikes, before the UCI controversially overhauled the rules regarding equipment and position, and recategorised the marks achieved by Boardman, Graeme Obree, Miguel Induráin and Tony Rominger during the 1990s. Congratulations @gannafilippo (link is external) haven’t watched one in quarter of a century, glad I tuned in, a beautiful thing to witness ��� Despite a relatively disappointing showing at the world time trial championships in September, which raised questions about the 26-year-old’s form, […]