PARIS (AFP) - Austrian cyclist Matthias Brandle set a new world hour record on Thursday, with his 51.85km effort adding more than 700m to the old mark set by Germany's Jens Voigt last month.
The three-time Austrian time-trial champion set the new record at Switzerland's Aigle velodrome rather than using the Granges track where German Voigt set 51.115km on Sept 18.
"I knew after 30 minutes that I was going to succeed," said the 24-year-old.
"The first minutes were easy and then I wanted to go a lot faster. Halfway through, things became more complicated and I started to feel pain.
"I am very happy with the result."