Bradley Wiggins hour record attempt - LIVE: The latest developments as 2012 Tour de France winner takes to the Olympic Park velodrome

Sir Bradley looks to cement his place among cycling legends a little more

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Sir Bradley Wiggins today attempts to break the UCI Hour Record - the longest distance ridden in one hour on a bicycle.

  • The attempt will start at 6.30pm
  • Considered one of the most prestigious records in cycling
  • Event takes place at the Velodrome in the Olympic Park
  • Wiggins attempting to beat existing record of 52.937km - 32.894mph - set by fellow Briton Alex Dowsett
  • Previous holders of the record include Chris Boardman and cycling legend Eddy Merckx

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When Sir Bradley Wiggins makes his bid to beat the Hour record on Sunday, if, as expected, he establishes a new maximum distance pedalled in 60 minutes, one immediate knock-on effect will be simple: Wiggins’ place amongst the legends of cycling will be even more strongly guaranteed.

Success will also prove yet again, that versatility has been the bedrock of Wiggins greatness. No other rider has been capable both of taking multiple Olympic gold medals on track and road as well as conquering the Tour de France - simultaneously a breakthrough result for Great Britain.  On the international stage, Wiggins’ bid to triumph in cycling’s greatest Classic, Paris-Roubaix in 2013 and 2014, broke another massive invisible boundary  - given the previous Tour de France champion to participate in Paris-Roubaix was Greg LeMond in 1992.

It has reached the point where some of Wiggins’ achievements have been overshadowed by his own successes. It’s almost forgotten, for instance, that in 2012 the Londoner became the first rider, to win Paris-Nice, the Criterium du Dauphine and the Tour of Romandie, three of cycling’s top week-long races, in a single season, and in 2014 he became the first, too, since his own idol, Miguel Indurain, to have won both a Tour and the World Time Trial title.