INEOS Grenadier Filippo Ganna has today set a new UCI Hour Record timed by Tissot at the Tissot Velodrome in Grenchen, Switzerland – covering a distance of 56.792 kilometers.
The 26-year-old Italian smashed the record and covered 1.244 kilometers more than fellow INEOS Grenadier, Dan Bigham, who set a new record of 55.548 kilometers less than 2 months ago.
The double world-time trial champion who signed a four-year extension with the team earlier this year has been building to the record attempt for over a year while also riding competitively for the team and Italy.
To arrive at this amazing goal is fantastic for me, and all the INEOS Grenadiers staff who worked for a long time to arrive at this result.
This morning I was thinking about just trying to break the record by one meter, but in the end, I said why not try to do a new [unified record]. This result is amazing. 56.792 kilometers is not bad!
Next time maybe I’ll try in another part of the season with fresher legs and we can go higher again. This result is amazing. Now I’m thinking about recovery and trying to celebrate together with everyone here.
The previous Hour Record holder, Brit Dan Bigham, joined the INEOS Grenadiers as a Performance Engineer ahead of the 2022 season and has been working with the team and its partners to prepare for his own attempt earlier this year as well as Gannas.
Dan Bigham said, “A massive kudos to Filippo for that historic ride. I know the commitment, determination and work that’s needed to put in a performance like that. It’s fantastic that this ambitious project came together on the night. Having my record beaten by Filippo was always part of the plan and it’s great to have such a deserving teammate as the new record holder.”
Rod Ellingworth, Deputy Team Principal said, “This is a much-deserved honor for Filippo. It is a huge undertaking but he put in a massive effort and smashed it, and to have beaten Chris Boardman’s benchmark time is something very special to us as well, it was something we all secretly hoped to achieve, which reaffirms just how great an athlete Filippo is. To have two INEOS Grenadiers break the record this year is incredible and is down to the dedication of Filippo, Dan, the wider team and our partners.
“As INEOS Grenadiers, we are always looking to push forward, go faster, ride further and be better. Tonight’s achievement is the epitome of that attitude and approach. The UCI Hour Record timed by Tissot is a prestigious event that not only tests the rider but also the technology, equipment and innovation of the team and our partners including Pinarello, Bioracer and Kask. This is a huge achievement for everyone involved and we are incredibly proud.”
Hour Record Timed By Tissot record holders:
Filippo Ganna (IT) – 56.792 kilometers, 8th October 2022
Dan Bigham (GB) – 55.548 kilometers, 19th August 2022
Victor Campenaerts (BE) – 55.089 kilometers, 16th April 2019
Bradley Wiggins (GB) – 54.526 kilometers, 7th June 2015
Photos – INEOS Grenadiers.