Coronavirus: Constructive check forces Alex Dowsett to postpone UCI Hour File try

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Coronavirus: Positive test forces Alex Dowsett to postpone UCI Hour Record attempt


Alex Dowsett, a six-time British time trial champion and the one identified elite athlete to have haemophilia and compete in an able-bodied subject, was on account of goal Victor Campenaerts’ document on the Nationwide Biking Centre in Manchester on December 12

By PA Sport

Final Up to date: 18/11/20 8:42pm

Alex Dowsett said his health is 'first and foremost the priority'
Alex Dowsett said his health is 'first and foremost the priority'

Alex Dowsett mentioned his well being is ‘initially the precedence’

Alex Dowsett has been pressured to postpone his try to regain the UCI Hour File subsequent month after testing constructive for coronavirus.

The six-time British time trial champion was on account of goal Victor Campenaerts’ document on the Nationwide Biking Centre in Manchester on December 12.

“I’m actually dissatisfied the try cannot go forward as deliberate however my well being is initially the precedence,” the 32-year-old mentioned.

“I skilled gentle signs so was examined as rapidly as doable. We’re already experiencing a nationwide lockdown right here in England so the one distinction to my days now are that I am unable to go outdoors till my isolation interval has ended.”

Dowsett, the one identified elite athlete to have haemophilia and compete in an able-bodied subject, was on account of experience in help of his Little Bleeders charity and The Haemophilia Society.

He mentioned the try was postponed, not cancelled, although no new date has but been set as he should first concentrate on restoration.

“We’ve been fortunate that every one concerned events are nonetheless very a lot in help of the occasion and we wish to announce a 2021 date as quickly as doable,” Dowsett added.

“The recommendation has been to remain off the bike and never practice whereas my physique fights the sickness, so I’m maintaining nicely at dwelling and preparing for the delivery of my first little one, which may be very thrilling.

“I would wish to thank everybody, the occasion organisers, occasion sponsors, my workforce, the UCI and above all the general public for his or her help and really a lot look ahead to attacking the document with the identical intent in 2021.”

Although he’ll look to strive at a special time, Dowsett had been hoping to make use of the sturdy kind he confirmed on the finish of the season as the muse of his try.

He picked up his second profession Grand Tour victory by successful from a breakaway on stage eight of the Giro d’Italia final month, and final week re-signed for 2 years with Israel Begin-Up Nation, the place he shall be a team-mate of Chris Froome from subsequent season.

Dowsett beforehand held the celebrated Hour File in 2015, however for under 36 days earlier than his distance of 52.937km was bettered by Sir Bradley Wiggins. Belgium’s Campenaerts set the present document of 55.039km final 12 months.

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