Sylvain Chavanel is the latest rider to express an interest in making an attempt at the prestigious UCI Hour Record, saying that he ‘loves’ the idea of taking it on.
The French all-rounder was originally propositioned to make an attempt between October 10 and 15 in Switzerland, but pulled out due to problems with scheduling.
The record currently stand at 54.526km, as set by Bradley Wiggins in London in June, and Chavanel would have been the second IAM Cycling rider to take on the record after Matthias Brändle successfully broke Jens Voigt’s mark in October 2014.
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“They would have wanted me to advance my attempt,” Chavanel, who is a six-time French national time trial champion, told L’Equipe. “But this kind of project requires special preparation and I did not want to take that record lightly.
“I do not really know what I am capable of but I really love this idea.
“If this idea crossed my mind, it is because it’s serious,” he added. “We must now find the appropriate time.”
Chavanel rode all three Grand Tours in 2015 for IAM, but now looks to have made his final appearance for the Swiss team as he prepares to move to Direct Energie (formerly Europcar) for 2016.
A three-time Tour de France stage winner, Chavanel rode on the track in his youth but has spent the last 15-years as a full-time professional on the road.
As well a proposed Hour attempt, he is also set to compete in the individual pursuit competition in the French National Track Championships in Bordeaux this October, saying “it feels good to be back on the track.”