Sir Bradley Wiggins believes that Belgian Victor Campenaerts (Lotto-Soudal) will beat his hour file in 2019.
The British 2012 Tour de France champion set the present hour file at 54.526 kilometres on June 7, 2015.
Wiggins has revealed he has been following Campenaerts’ time trials and monitor exams.
“I see him getting 55km,” Wiggins mentioned on Wednesday on the Crystal Bike awards in Belgium.
Wiggins, retired from the street since 2016, offered Campenaerts with the Crystal Bike trophy on the stage.
“I imagine in your possibilities. I hope he breaks my file subsequent yr. He is an efficient rider and a very nice particular person,” Wiggins mentioned.
“It might even be good for biking if the eye across the hour file continues. And additionally it is time that the file is handed on to the following technology. That’s wholesome for the game.”
European time trial champion Campenaerts examined himself for 30 minutes in Grenchen, Switzerland, in September.
He had simply completed the Vuelta a España and positioned third within the World Championships time trial behind Australian Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing), who briefly held the hour file earlier than Wiggins.
He rode at 54.eight kilometres an hour, upping the pace to 60 for the final 4 laps of the check. He known as it a “very constructive” trial.
The 27-year-old was stunned when Wiggins appeared on stage to current him the award.
“I actually didn’t see this coming,” Campenaerts mentioned. “I’ve by no means had an idol, but when I’ve to call somebody, it’s him.
“Particularly as a result of he has an actual persona even past biking, he additionally seeks the extremes of the game. Wiggins began his profession with Olympic gold within the pursuit then he targeted on the Tour and the Worlds time trial. I additionally love his rock ‘n’ roll look.”
Campenaerts plans on a full hour try in 2019 when he has free time from his duties on the street with Belgian WorldTour staff Lotto-Soudal.
“The world hour file stays my large objective,” he added. “It makes me proud that Wiggins believes in me and thinks I’ll break it. He needed to say that right here, for a Belgian viewers, however effectively, it’s good to listen to.
“It’s a giant problem. However I’ve already executed a number of testing and Kevin De Weert [performance manager at Lotto-Soudal] can be engaged on it intimately.”
Dutchman Dion Beukeboom tried final to interrupt Wiggins’ file in August. He fell quick with a good 52.757 km.