By Agence France Presse
British cyclist Chris Hoy failed in a high-altitude bid in La Paz, Bolivia, on Saturday to beat Frenchman Arnaud Tournant’s seven-year world record for the one kilometer time-trial.
Hoy, the Olympic and world kilometre champion, set the sea-level record of 1:00.711 when winning gold in Athens Games in 2004.
On Saturday, Hoy timed 0:59.103, 0.228 seconds off Tournant’s record, which was also set at the Alto Irpavi velodrome in La Paz, the world’s highest track at 3417 meters above sea level.
The Briton, who hit speeds of 61 kilometers per hour (37.9mph), will launch another attempt on the record on Sunday