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Alex Dowsett forced to postpone Hour Record attempt after Covid-19 positive

Jack Elton-Walters
18 Nov 2020

Alex Dowsett will not be attempting to retake the Hour Record next month after contracting coronavirus

Alex Dowsett has been forced to postpone his Hour Record attempt after testing positive for coronavirus. The news came through that the rider had contracted Covid-19 ahead of the ride next month, meaning he will not be able to take to the track on Sunday 12th December as planned.

'I am really disappointed the attempt can’t go ahead as planned but my health is first and foremost the priority,' Dowsett explained. 'I experienced mild symptoms so was tested as quickly as possible.

'We’re already experiencing a nationwide lockdown here in England so the only difference to my days now are that I’m unable to go outside until my isolation period has ended.'

He was keen to stress that the attempt is postponed, not cancelled.

'We’ve been lucky that all involved parties are still very much in support of the event and we’re looking to announce a 2021 date as soon as possible.

'The advice has been to stay off the bike and not train while my body fights the illness, so I am keeping well at home and getting ready for the birth of my first child, which is very exciting.

'I’d like to thank everyone, the event organisers, event sponsors, my team, the UCI and above all the public for their support and very much look forward to attacking the record with the same intent in 2021.'

This is a disappointing setback for Dowsett who'd had a good end to his 2020 season.

He took Israel Start-Up Nation's first Grand Tour stage win with victory on Stage 8 of the Giro d'Italia, a win the team thanked him for with a two-year contract extension.