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By VeloNews Interactive, Copyright AFP2002
Swiss cyclist Jean Nuttli, who once beat obesity to become a time trialing sensation, failed in his bid Friday to beat the world hour record held by Britain’s Chris Boardman.
The 28-year-old Nuttli, using a 57×15 gear on the indoor track in Bordeaux, France, gave up only a third of the way into his bid, after covering 17km in 21:02.
Nuttli, who was described by his coach as “confident”, will get back on the saddle at the world famous velodrome here Saturday in between the track races of the Open des Nations.
“Jean couldn’t get the right rhythm going today but he’s so conscious of his capabilities that he will make another attempt at the same time tomorrow,” said his Swiss coach Jean-Jacques Loup.
Nuttli, who was obese when he was a teenager, famously lost 57 kilos when he wa 22 years old thanks to a draconian diet and hours of work on an indoor home trainer. He joined the Swiss Phonak team as a pro in 2000 and has since won the time trial stages in the Tour du Poitou-Charentes (2001), the Circuit de la Sarthe (2002) as well as the Herbiers time trial (2000 and 2001).
Boardman’s record of 49.441 km was set in the Manchester velodrome in October 2000. Copyright AFP2002