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Summary

  1. Wiggins succeeds in breaking hour record
  2. Sets new mark of 54.526km in an hour
  3. Alex Dowsett's record of 52.937km beaten
  4. Record broken for fifth time in eight months

Live Reporting

By Chris Osborne

All times stated are UK

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Wow. That two hours has absolutely flown. I'm going to close my eyes in bed tonight and just see hundreds of tiny Wiggos going round and round and round.

Dave Brailsford nailed it when he said it was one of those 'where were you when' moments. And I'm delighted you were able to be with us for a moment of history.

Time for a cup of tea. Goodnight.

Bradley Wiggins
AP

Bradley just mentioned he went to the barber's this morning to get the beard and barnet trimmed.

The barber asked, "are you up to anything today?".

Yeah, just breaking the hour record mate, no biggie.

British cyclist Michael Hutchinson on Twitter: "OK -- out on a limb here, but I don't think that record will last a year. A pity about the weather, because it was a great ride."

British Olympic medallist Dani King on Twitter: "Brad truly is a legend. I am again inspired."

Bradley Wiggins
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I've just been told that the distance Wiggins covered in an hour is roughly the equivalent of cycling from Liverpool to Manchester.

Except he didn't get stuck in the M62 roadworks or stop for a pasty at the services.

Former performance director of British Cycling Dave Brailsford tells Sky Sports: "He rode well, it was heavy. He dug in and ground it out. He is the king of pacing. The crowd love him, everybody loves him. He's a magnificent athlete. You'll look back in your life and say 'I was there'."

Chris Boardman

Olympic cycling champion on Twitter

"Congratulations to Brad Wiggins, phenomenal effort. 1036mb air pressure. Right day, another km. another go maybe....?"

Bradley Wiggins tells Sky Sports: "If this was the only thing I did in my career it might have gone unnoticed. But to do it after everything I've done, as an old man, is wonderful.

"We had to make it so warm in here, the leccy bill is going to be enormous."

It took about five minutes for Wiggins to answer the first question, because the noise of this delirious crowd was too much.

Wiggins has now been presented with a giant certificate with his time on - a bit like those big charity cheques - and he's back on his bike again.

Stay off the bike Bradley!

Bradley Wiggins tells Sky Sports: "I'm just glad it's done. That's the closest to knowing what it's like to have a baby. It was tortuous. You're counting down the minutes.

"We've been through a lot as a little team, my wife and kids know a lot about air pressure.

"I always compare myself to the greats. I'm just glad to be in the company of those guys. Just to get up there and do that takes a lot of courage. It's tough."

'I had a lot left in the tank'

Alex Dowsett

Current hour record holder

We spoke to Alex Dowsett on Friday and he says he will probably have another go. But it will be very difficult.

"At the end of the day we went out to just break the record. I had quite a lot left in the tank. We will likely go back and have another crack. I'm only 26, I've got nine years left of my career, so some time in the next time years."

Success in France

Peter Kennaugh
AFP

While we catch our breath and await the words of Wiggo, let's catch up on some earlier news.

It's already been a pretty good day for British cycling.

Team Sky's Peter Kennaugh

won the first stage of the Tour de France warm-up Criterium du Dauphine.

He also got a cuddly lion, which I'm sure made it all worthwhile.

Team-mate Chris Froome was 16th.

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Danny Cunningham: Wiggo could have gone even further if the Time Lords hadn't decided there could only be 60 minutes in an hour! Legend!

Stuart Mitchell: 54.526 is a mark that won't be beat for a while. Hope Dowsett gives it a go though.

Paul Mulligan: Congratulations @bradwiggins you absolute legend. What a phenomenal effort from an icon of the sport. Stunning

Rhian: Awesome Bradley, Congratulations world record holder!! what an amazing effort and achievement

Wiggins's coach for the attempt Heiko Salzwedel on Sky Sports: "I'm over the moon. That was one of the highlights of my career and Bradley's career. I will remember that for a lifetime. I could see he was running out of gas but he was fighting."

When Jens Voigt sparked the new set of records last year, he could barely stand.

Bradley Wiggins, the weirdo, is back on his bike doing a lap of honour. I would never want to see another bike for as long as I live.

Wiggins sets new record of 54.526km

That's 1.589km further than Alex Dowsett's record.

Wiggins just about manages to lift a limp fist into the air. He is spent, a man who has given everything. a 5,500-capacity crowd salutes a legend of his sport.

And, what? He's off his bike and lifting his bike above his head. He's made of that metal they used for Captain America's shield.

218 laps

Teeth gritted, Bradley Wiggins gives everything he has left. He crosses the line. It's so loud I'm not sure he's heard the buzzer. Remarkable.

Bradley Wiggins
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213 laps

World record holder! Bradley Wiggins is a world record holder! Everybody has gone bananas.

209 laps -1min 46 secs

Anyone else getting a bit emotional? Maybe I'm just a bit tired.

Bradley Wiggins
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205 laps -1min 47secs

Alex Dowsett's record was 112 laps. The number just above this entry will tell you he's almost there.

201 laps -1min 47secs

He's getting quicker. He's actually getting quicker. How on earth is he doing it?

196 laps -1min 46secs

Finally, we see he signs of a human being beneath that helmet. Wiggins is feeling the pain, but he has averaged more than 54 kph for almost 55 minutes, so I'll let him off.

192 laps -1min 44secs

Friends, you are watching history. You are watching something very, very special. Even if you're sat on your sofa, sipping a cuppa, shout your support for Wiggo.

Bradley Wiggins
Reuters

187 laps -1min 44secs

Those calves must be burning. The enamel on the teeth must be fading. The back, it's surely creaking. He's a machine, he doesn't care.

The crowd are electric. What a remarkable feeling it must be for Wiggo.

178 laps -1min 43secs

Wiggins has the record wrapped up. He's not going to drop a minute and a half in 10 minutes.

But how far can he go? He wants to surpass 55km, which would, quite frankly, be ridiculous.

But Wiggo is pretty much Mr Ridiculous. Or should that be Sir Ridiculous?

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Steve Allinson: Reckon my HR is higher than Wiggo's ... and I'm only watching his hour record via a text board.

Michael Massey: Wiggins .. Olympic gold .. Tour de France winner... World time trial champion and now on the cusp of the hour record.

Best human effort

Chris Boardman
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Bradley Wiggins will not only have the official record in his sights.

Chris Boardman, who set a legitimate record of 49.441km in 2000, is actually the man to have travelled furthest on a bike in an hour.

The Briton went 56.375km in 1996, but it was during a period where the UCI retrospectively dismissed attempts on high-performance, modern bikes.

It still tops the list of what is known as the "best human effort" - although it may be a bridge too far for Wiggo.

164 laps -1min 38secs

How much must this hurt? Does it hurt more than standing on an upturned plug? It might do.

Speaking of painful we're watching Seb Coe cycle on a stationary bike. He looks like he'd rather eat a thistle.

This is your 15-minute warning by the way. Do not go anywhere!

153 laps -1min 33secs

I spoke to Alex Dowsett on Friday. He fully expected Wiggins to break his record - but I'm not sure he expected to be blown out of the water.

This could be put out of sight for a very, very long time. He's added FIVE SECONDS since the last update.

147 laps -1min 28 secs

Oh this is an absolute masterclass from Wiggins. Is there anything this man can't do?

I suspect he's a very talented gardener and still life painter to boot.

The gap is getting bigger and bigger. Alex Dowsett is being left for dust.

The hour greats

Fausto Coppi
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To give you a taste of the esteemed company Bradley Wiggins will be entering if he does the business today, here's a few cycling legends who have at some point held the hour record:

Henri Desgrange (first organiser of the Tour de France) - 35.325km in 1893

Fausto Coppi (two-time Tour de France winner and five-time Giro winner, pictured above) - 45.798km in 1942

Jacques Anquetil (first ever five-time Tour winner) - 46.159km in 1956

Roger Riviere (three-time world pursuit champion) - 47.347km in 1959

136 laps -1min 24 seconds

So, in case you were wondering, the numbers just above each update show you the number of laps Wiggins has completed, plus how far ahead he is of the world record pace.

He's over halfway and absolutely coasting.

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Ben Wire: Can't believe I'm following a man going around in circles via a bbc text feed. Oddly mesmerizing. Cars in Canada next, then

KerryDJackson: House at standstill watching Bradley Wiggins

124 laps -1min 18 secs

Who would have thought watching a bloke go round and round and round and round would be so much fun?

I am aware I am asking that question to people who are reading about a bloke going round and round and round and round. Which I assume is even more fun.

117 laps -1min 15 secs

The conditions Michael speaks of is the weather around London. "It's indoors!" I hear you cry.

Yes, but the air pressure is pretty high, which makes it just a tiny, minute bit tougher for Wiggins.

British cyclist Michael Hutchinson on Twitter: "He's not going to break 55km. Which will disappoint a lot of people -- but with the conditions here today, it was never really on."

105 laps -1 minute 10 secs

Century up! And, like English batsmen used to do with such regularity, the crowd is on its feed to applaud the reaching of 100 laps.

Bradley Wiggins
Reuters

Lap 96 -1min 2 secs

And that gap is just getting bigger and bigger. It has surpassed a minute for the first time.

If, and it's a big if, Wiggins can maintain this, he will smash the record.

84 laps -58.797 seconds

Right. So this is blistering and brave from Wiggins at the start.

His pace is 58 seconds quicker than Dowsett's record at the same stage. Can he maintain it?

The crowd decide to come alive for a brief moment.