Number 28: Michael Hutchinson
Last year’s position: 27
Watch out Dr Hutch, Bradley Wiggins wants his record back.
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One Sunday in late July, Hutchinson hacked a second off Wiggins’s competition record for a domestic 10-mile time trial. The Northern Irishman’s 17-57 on the V718 course in East Yorkshire gave him the competition record he had wanted for so long. And Wiggins recently stated that one of his goals for 2011 is to get it back.
Hutchinson once again dominated time trialling – winning grand slam of 10, 25, 50 and 100-mile national championships for the second year in a row.
But breaking Wiggins’s record of 17-58, set on the Levens course in the north-west of England, was a significant milestone. And after his ride, Hutchinson said: “It wasn’t a particularly fast day. I do think I can go quicker.”
Hutchinson’s win in the 50-mile title race in Hampshire was his 11th in a row, a record. It was also a course record and a championship record, breaking Graeme Obree’s time, set in 1993, by six seconds. His 100-mile title was his fifth.
However, when it came to the British National Time Trial Championship, held in Wales, Hutchinson was pushed into fourth by three Team Sky riders. His time was more than two minutes down on Wiggins’.
At the Commonwealth Games he was also fourth, 2-14 down on David Millar. But on the home front, he is head and shoulders above the rest.
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