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Sir Bradley Wiggins today announced that the Olympic velodrome will host his bid to claim cycling’s “holy grail” hour record.

Britain’s first Tour de France winner will attempt the feat on June 7 in front of what is expected to be a passionate crowd. Tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday.

He said: “The Hour Record is a holy grail for cyclists. It’s been fought over tooth and nail by some of the greatest names in our sport for over a hundred years and it’s time for me to have a crack at it.

“I like the idea of challenging myself and want to motivate people to do the same – so why not get your bike out of the shed and see how far you can go in an hour?”

The current record is held by Australian cyclist Rohan Dennis, who rode 52.491km (32.6 miles) in February. Since first being established in the 19th century, the hour record has been known as one of sport’s most simple and brutal contests.

Australian Jack Bobridge had to be carried from his bike after missing the then record by 500m in January. He said the attempt was “the nearest I will come to death without dying”.

Wiggins, whose 2012 Olympic gold came in the time trial around Hampton Court Palace, is returning to track cycling in an attempt to become Britain’s most decorated Olympian at the 2016 Rio Games.

He left Team Sky at the weekend after finishing 18th in the Paris-Roubaix one-day race across northern France.

Tickets for the velodrome, now known as Lee Valley VeloPark, are priced from £29 to £49 and will be available from tickets.sky.com/cycling