Ole Ritter and Eddy Merckx Hour Record Split Times. Merckx’s crisis came, between 42nd and 48th minutes: his progress against Ritter slowed drammatically. Giogi Albani, who had the job of standing where Merckx actually was when the bell was rung, recalls: “It was ugly, I had been walking forward, but I went from a lap and three quarters ahead, then just a lap ahead. Merckx said ‘I am dead’, I told him to calm down, and said ‘if you’re travelling at forty-nine and a half kilometers per hour you must be alive.'”
The last kilometer is covered in one minute and 11.76 seconds, the final complete lap (the 148th) in 24 seconds. The result: he broke the record by 788 meters, the biggest margin of modern times (biggest since 1912).