Lambie confident of beating Ganna’s new pursuit record

The Huub-Wattbike rider says gains from going to altitude could see him break the four-minute barrier

American Ashton Lambie is confident he can break Filippo Ganna’s new individual pursuit world record time when he travels to altitude in April.

Lambie is set to go to Bolivia with British track team Huub-Wattbike to mount an assault on the individual pursuit, team pursuit and hour records.

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Despite being bested by Ganna in the final of the individual pursuit at the Wrold Championships in Berlin today, Lambie said he was convinced he could make up the deficit at altitude.

Although he was beated in the final, in the qualifying round in Berlin Lambie posted a time of 4:03.640 to reach the final, putting him 1.7 seconds off Ganna’s World Record time of 4:01.934.

Picture by Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com – 28/02/2020 – 2020 UCI Track Cycling World Championships presented by Tissot – Das Velodrom, Berlin, Germany – Ashton Lambie of The USA during the Men’s Individual Pursuit Gold Finals.

The American was full of admiration for Ganna’s qualifying ride. “It’s textbook,” he said. “He was just dead on the split that he wanted to ride the whole time. It’s incredible. It’s super impressive.”

But he still felt that simply by going to altitude he could overcome the gap between their two times. “A 4.03 at sea level bodes well for 8,500ft of altitude. That’s a good few seconds, for sure,” he said.

After the USA failed to qualify a men’s team pursuit team for the Olympics in Tokyo this summer Lambie has been given him some freedom. “My form has gotten a lot better from not having to balance like team pursuit and individual pursuit a little bit and being able to go full focus on this. I can kind of do my own training. It helps a lot for sure,” he said.

When asked if he felt that he could even break the four minute barrier he said: “Oh, absolutely. I mean, honestly, I’m surprised he didn’t do today. I mean, he has had a tough team pursuit the last couple of days. But I was fully expecting that to happen and I would have been over the moon to see that. It would have been awesome.”

Lambie is likely to ride against Huub-Wattbike team-mate John Archibald when the team makes the trip.