Jens Voigt breaks cycling's hour record

Jens Voigt breaks cycling's world hour record then immediately retires from the sport.

German cyclist Jens Voigt has broken the world hour record after covering 51.115km in 60 minutes in Grenchen, Switzerland.

The 43-year-old, who broke Ondrej Sosenka's record of 49.700km set in 2005, retired from professional cycling as soon as he completed the attempt.

"I went off a little too fast at the start and I had a bad spell after the halfway mark, but the support of the crowd and knowing that this was my last race meant that I could finish strongly. I gave everything in the last 20 minutes," Voigt told reporters.

"I saw Chris Boardman beating the record in 2000 and I said to myself, 'What a great way that would be to finish my career.' Thirty-three years of cycling behind me. This was my last attempt. I'm in so much pain ... but what a way to retire."

Voigt has called time on 17 years as a pro, during which he won the Criterium International five times.

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Jens Voigt of Germany riding for Trek Factory Racing celebrates on the podium in the orange most courageous rider jersey after the final stage of the 2014 USA Pro Challenge on August 24, 2014
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