'Never say never': Alex Dowsett refuses to rule out hour record

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‘Never say never’: Alex Dowsett refuses to rule out hour record attempt

Movistar rider thanks fans in video from hospital bed after collarbone surgery

Alex Dowsett (Movistar) has refused to rule out an attempt on the hour record as he recovers from surgery on a broken collarbone.

The Commonwealth Games time trial champion released a video through Movistar YouTube page thanking fans for support and revealing the surgery had been a success.

And with the Essex man due to return home soon, Dowsett claimed he will be doing all he can to make ‘The Perfect Hour’ happen at Revolution on Friday February 27.

In the short video, shot from his hospital bed, Dowsett said: “We’re doing everything we can to make ‘The Perfect Hour’ on February 27 still work though we might have to call it ‘The Almost Perfect Hour’ because of this.

“Movistar, Canyon, Endura, Campagnolo and myself will do everything we can to make this happen. Obviously if it doesn’t recover as well as it should then we will postpone it but it is a case of never say never.”

Dowsett crashed while out training in Essex earlier this week, jeopardising his plans to be the fifth person to tackle the UCI Hour Record since cycling’s governing body revamped the record’s regulations.

With Jens Voigt and, most recently, Matthias Brandle having set new records last year, Aussie duo Jack Bobridge and Rohan Dennis are set to take on the mark in the coming weeks.

Dennis has targeted a mark of 52.5km, which is likely to be what Dowsett will have to beat if his attempt at London’s Lee Valley VeloPark – the day before Dame Sarah Storey takes on the Women’s Hour – goes ahead.

In the short message to his fans, Dowsett added: “The messages I’ve had have been phenomenal and it really has been overwhelming.

“I just want to say the surgery went extremely well. It looks like they’ll be sending me home pretty soon.”

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