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Danish teenager gets closer to Wiggins's Hour Record

Joe Robinson
5 Oct 2018

19-year-old Mikkel Berg just 800m short of Hour Record after defending under 23 World title

The Hour Record of Sir Bradley Wiggins could come under threat much sooner than expected as 19-year-old Danish talent Mikkel Berg took one step closer to the record last night. 

Berg, who is half the age of current record holder Wiggins, made a second attempt at the Hour Record in Odense, Denmark on Thursday evening setting an extremely respectable distance of 53.73km.

That left Denmark's new time trialling wundertalent just 800m shy of Wiggins's 54.52km record set in June 2015 and with a distance that sees him set the second-ever longest distance attempted for the unified Hour Record

The 53.73km distance was enough to surpass previous efforts from the likes of Alex Dowsett and newly-crown elite men's time trial World Champion Rohan Dennis. 

Berg also surpassed compatriot Martin Toft Madsen's Danish record, with Madsen having set a distance of 53.63km in July this year.

It also bettered his own first attempt at the Hour Record, in which he managed 52.31km in October 2017.

The teenage currently rides for American development squad Hagen Berman Axeon and is highly rated as one of the biggest talents in under 23 racing. 

Just last week in Innsbruck, Austria, Berg became the first rider to ever defend the under 23 UCI World Championships time trial title dispatching nearest competitor Brent Van Moer of Belgium by 33 seconds.

At just 19, Berg will also be in the unique position of being able to defend this title for yet another four seasons.

Berg clearly carried this supreme form against the clock back home for his Hour Record attempt in what now is the best attempt outside of Wiggins's record.  

No doubt, Berg will probably have another few goes at the Hour Record as he matures as a professional cyclist and with just 800m short at the tender age of 19, a betting man would suggest that the record is there for the taking.