Eddy Merckx: Campenaerts' Hour Record ride is an incredible achievement

Lotto Soudal's Victor Campenaerts is kept abreast of his progress during his successful attempt at b

Five-time Tour de France winner Eddy Merckx was full of praise for compatriot Victor Campenaerts ( Lotto Soudal ) after the Belgian set a new Hour Record distance of 55.089 kilometres in Mexico on Tuesday, beating Bradley Wiggins' 2015 record by 563 metres, and making it the first time that the nation had set the record since Merckx did so in 1972. "I have to say congratulations," Merckx told Belgium's VTM Nieuws . "It's an incredible achievement to go over 55 kilometres. I take my hat off to Victor, as I know what it feels like to ride like that for an hour." Merckx's record of 49.431km stood for 12 years after it was also – like Campenaerts' ride – set at altitude in Mexico, albeit on an outdoor velodrome in Mexico City, on a relatively standard drop-bar track bike in October, 1972. It was finally bettered by Italy's Francesco ...

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