Filippo Ganna broke the UCI Hour Record timed by Tissot, by covering a distance of 56.792 km in 60 minutes at the Tissot Velodrome in Grenchen, Switzerland.

With this historic performance, the Italian member of UCI WorldTeam Ineos Grenadiers takes the record from Great Britain’s Daniel (Dan) Bigham – performance engineer for Filippo Ganna’s team – who covered 55.548 km on 19 August at the same velodrome.

Reacting to his successful attempt, Filippo Ganna said: “To arrive at this amazing goal is fantastic for me and for all the staff who have worked for a long time to get to this result.”

Describing the pain of the last five minutes, he said: “I lost energy to try to go for 57, but nothing [in the legs]. It’s OK!”

The new holder of the UCI Hour Record timed by Tissot does not appear to have ruled out another attempt: “Next time maybe I will try at another part of the season when I have fresher legs and we can go even higher… but now we will think about recovery.”

A specialist on the road and track, Filippo Ganna (26) is considered one of the best time trial athletes of the current professional peloton. He has an impressive list of achievements: double UCI World Champion in the individual time trial (in Imola – Emilia-Romagna in 2020 and Flanders in 2021), he is reigning Olympic Champion in the team pursuit and four-time UCI World Champion in the individual pursuit (2016, 2018, 2019 and 2020).

Men’s UCI Hour Record timed by Tissot

08.10.2022: Filippo Ganna (ITA), Tissot Velodrome, Grenchen (SUI), 56.792 km
19.08.2022: Dan Bigham (GBR), Tissot Velodrome, Grenchen (SUI), 55.548 km
16.04.2019: Victor Campenaerts (BEL), Velodromo Bicentenario, Aguascalientes (MEX), 55.089 km
07.06.2015: Bradley Wiggins (GBR), Lee Valley VeloPark, London (GBR), 54.526 km
02.05.2015: Alex Dowsett (GBR), National Cycling Centre, Manchester (GBR), 52.937 km
08.02.2015: Rohan Dennis (AUS), Velodrome Suisse, Grenchen (SUI), 52.491 km
30.10.2014: Matthias Brändle (AUT), UCI World Cycling Centre, Aigle (SUI), 51.852 km
18.09.2014: Jens Voigt (GER), Velodrome Suisse, Grenchen (SUI), 51.110 km.

The women’s UCI Hour Record timed by Tissot is held by the Netherlands’ Ellen van Dijk, who covered the distance of 49.254 km at the Tissot Velodrome in Grenchen on 23 May 2022.