Alex Dowsett record bid off after positive coronavirus test

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Alex Dowsett

Alex Dowsett’s bid to regain cycling’s hour record has been postponed after he tested positive for coronavirus.

The 32-year-old Briton first claimed the record in 2015 and planned a new attempt at the Manchester Velodrome on 12 December.

But after his positive Covid-19 test was confirmed, the Israel Start-Up Nation rider revealed that the bid would not take place until next year.

The current record was set by Belgian Victor Campenaerts in Mexico in 2019.

Campenaerts set the mark of 55.089 km on 16 April 2019 in Aguascalientes.

Dowsett, who won stage eight of October’s Giro d’Italia, suffers from haemophilia A and was planning to raise money for charity.

“I am really disappointed the attempt can’t go ahead as planned but my health is first and foremost the priority,” he said. “We’re looking to announce a 2021 date as soon as possible.”

His record was set covering the distance of 52.937 kilometres on 2 May 2015 in Manchester, before fellow Briton Sir Bradley Wiggins set a new mark of 54.526km 36 days later.

The hour record is one of the greatest tests of cycling ability and has been broken by some of the greatest riders since 1972, including Eddy Merckx and Francesco Moser.

In 1997, governing body the UCI created the “hour record” – in which riders must compete on specific machinery with some restrictions – and “best human effort”.

Dowsett will contest the hour-record version – Britain’s 1992 Olympic gold medallist Chris Boardman holds the best human effort record with 56.375km set in 1996.

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