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Disputing Tuesday’s report in the Italian sports paper, La Gazzetta Dello Sport, Trek Factory Racing says they have not determined the time or the place for Cancellara’s attempt on the hour record. La Gazzetta Dello Sport had reported that the attempt would take place on August 3rd at the Aguascalientes velodorme in Mexico. The high altitude velodrome has a reputation for record breaking, thanks to a recent UCI World Cup that saw eight records fall there. Trek Factory Racing confirms the record attempt is a priority for both Cancellara and the team but their focus is on the classics and no decisions have been made surrounding the record attempt. Below is an excerpt from Trek Factory Racing’s official response to the La Gazzetta Dello Sport report.
General Manager Luca Guercilena: “We haven’t taken any decision whatsoever about the time and the place for an attempt. As we have said before, the team will communicate in the appropriate time. Any other information that circulates around a possible attempt is premature.”
Guercilena confirms that the hour record attempt is a real project for Trek Factory Racing and an ambition for both Cancellara and the team in 2014.
“We are working on this project since some time now and we have a series of people managing the project, including engineers at Trek Bicycle. However, there is no present-day reference for this kind of endeavor and we are still studying all of its facets. We are in discussions with several tracks around the world, and in terms of timing, I can only confirm that we are no longer considering the period after the Classics for an attempt. The focus for Fabian is now fully on the Classics and an attempt to repeat the success of last year. After Paris-Roubaix, we’ll turn our attention to the hour record and we will have more details.”