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Former UCI Hour Record holder Alex Dowsett (Israel Start-Up Nation) had planned to make another run at the record in December, but that won’t be happening now. The 32-year-old Brit has put his attempt off after having been diagnosed with coronavirus.
“I am really disappointed the attempt can’t go ahead as planned but my health is first and foremost the priority. I’d like to thank everyone, the event organizers, event sponsors, my team, the UCI and above all the public for their support and very much look forward to attacking the record in 2021 with the same intent,” Dowsett said. “We’re looking to announce a 2021 date as soon as possible.”
Dowsett announced earlier this month that he would be making a record attempt on December 12. He previously held the record for just over a month when he topped Rohan Dennis’s mark of 52.491 kilometers with his own mark of 52.937 km on May 2 of 2015. That record was surpassed by Bradley Wiggins, who rode 54.526 km on June 7 of that year.
The current hour record holder is Victor Campenaerts, who bested Wiggins on April 16 of 2019 with a distance of 55.089.
Dowsett, who recently announced that he would be returning to Israel Start-Up Nation next season, was set to make his new attempt in support of hemophilia charities Little Bleeders and the Haemophilia Society in the Manchester Velodrome.
He said on social media that he had been experienced coronavirus symptoms and took a test that returned a COVID-19 positive, leading to the decision to postpone his attempt to a later date.