Sir Bradley Wiggins will reportedly attempt the UCI Hour record next summer in Mallorca. Local reports say the Team Sky rider will go for it in July or August, and hopes British fans will come out to support him and enjoy some summer sun.
The Diario de Mallorca reports that the attempt would be made on the track at the Palma Arena, where Wiggins won team and individual pursuit gold at the 2007 UCI World Championships, the year the venue was inaugurated.
The newspaper says Wiggins revealed his plans at a dinner in late October on the island at the Tolo’s restaurant in Puerto Pollença, which he has frequented for a number of years.
Held to celebrate his victory in the time trial in the UCI Road World Championships in September, the dinner was hosted by the restaurant’s owner, Tomeu Llompart.
Joan Llaneras, technical director of the Palma Arena, was among those present as Wiggins spoke of his two big targets for 2015 – Paris-Roubaix, where he secured a top ten finish this year, and the Hour record, planning to train for it in both Mallorca and Manchester.
The latter is back in fashion after the UCI changed the rules earlier this year to permit modern, aerodynamic bikes and equipment and has been broken twice in recent weeks, first by Jens Voigt in his final competitive effort then last Thursday by Matthias Brändle.
Llompart, said to be a close friend and confidant of Wiggins, has reportedly been entrusted with helping organise the record attempt.
Wiggins has already said he is unlikely to race next year’s Tour de France as he turns his attention towards competing at the Rio Olympics in 2016 in the team pursuit, aiming for what would be his fifth Olympic gold medal.
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