He may have previously stated his intention to put the one hour record out of reach on Sunday but Sir Bradley Wiggins has welcomed the challenge of others trying to beat his new mark.

Four-time Olympic champion Wiggins recorded a distance of 54.526 kilometres at the Lee Valley VeloPark on Sunday, surpassing the previous best set by Alex Dowsett.

The 35-year-old even admitted he believed he could have ridden further had the air pressure been lower and therefore more favourable.

He will now turn his attention towards securing a place on the track team for next year’s Olympics in Rio although Wiggins admitted he will be keeping a keen eye on challengers to his record – with a preference for riders going at sea level rather than altitude, where thinner air can aid attempts.

"For the record it would be nice now if someone does attack it in the next year or so," he said.

"Even if they fail it will be good for the record, it will give kudos to this record.

"I really wanted to do it in London or Manchester at sea level for the crowds to come. I didn't want to go off to Mexico.

"It would be nice if it becomes a sea level world record now and everybody follows suit with that and not go for the advantage at altitude.

"Aside from the fact I don't want anyone breaking my record, it would be nice to have everything under the same conditions."

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