Eurosport is partnering Jens Voigt in his quest for history on September 18 as the German cycling legend attempts to beat the iconic hour world record at the Suisse Velodrome.
Voigt, who brought his illustrious professional career to an end earlier this summer after competing in his 17th consecutive Tour de France, aims to beat the current record for this unique cycling feat, at 49.7km, set by Ondrej Sosenka nine years ago.
The record hour is one of the oldest events in cycling, dating back to 1876 when distance of 26.508km was recorded, as well as being an exceptionally tough competition in its nature.
Only a difference of 0.269km exists between the last three records ratified by the UCI, world cycling’s governing body, with 49.700km for Ondrej Sosenka in 2005, 49.441km for Chris Boardman in 2000 and 49.431km for Eddy Merckx in 1972.
The records set by Graeme Obree in 1994 and Chris Boardman in 1996 (56.375km) were cancelled by the UCI in 2000 when the organisation ruled that any record attempt had to be made using a traditional bike set-up and riding position.
Voigt turns 43 the day before his record attempt and will ride a version of the Trek Speed Concept that has been modified for the track.
Known as a breakaway specialist in his prime, Voigt will now attempt to add another entry into cycling’s record books by breaking the hour world record at the Suisse Velodrome in Grenchen, Switzerland.
The German only retired from professional racing in August after a career spanning three decades and featuring stage wins in both the Tour de France and Giro d’Italia.
As part of its comprehensive coverage of this special event, British Eurosport will not only broadcast the record attempt but will offer fans a complete day of cycling action with more than eight hours of programming, starting at 2.00pm and running through to 10.15pm.
The day will start with a programme focussing on Voigt’s preparation and the bike he will use, reactions from across the world of cycling to his attempt and an historical review on the previous records.
Programming will continue with highlights from the 2014 runnings of the Tour de France and Vuelta a España, plus Eurosport’s global ambassador Greg LeMond’s reviews of both races.
Eurosport’s ‘day of cycling’ will also include highlights from September’s Grand Prix races in Quebec, Montreal and Wallonia.
After all the build-up, the main event – Jens Voigt’s Hour Record – will be broadcast live on British Eurosport and British Eurosport HD at 5.30pm.
Eurosport’s onsite journalists will interview special guests until the start of the event at 6.00pm BST and will get all the reactions immediately after.
This unique event will be broadcast live and exclusively on Eurosport in all of its 70 markets across Europe and Asia-Pacific, with the broadcaster also holding worldwide sub-licensing rights for the event.
Live online streaming of British Eurosport’s coverage can be accessed via Eurosport Player (subscription required), plus there will also be additional reports and features via the British Eurosport cycling website.
Thursday 18th September
Jens Voigt Hour Record
Preview: 2.45pm-3.00pm British Eurosport
LIVE: 5.30pm-7.15pm British Eurosport
Highlights: 8.45pm-9.45pm British Eurosport