Dowsett wants to regain hour record

Britain’s Alex Dowsett says he will aim to regain the hour record after it was

broken by Sir Bradley Wiggins.

The 26-year-old travelled 52.937km (32.89 miles) in May but was surpassed by 35-year-old Wiggins’ distance of 54.526km (33.88 miles) on Sunday.

“It is an event I enjoyed. I enjoyed the build-up and executing it. It is right up my street as a time trialist with a track background,” said Dowsett.

Dowsett says he rode within himself when breaking the record.

Wiggins became the sixth rider to claim the Tour de France and the hour record when he set the new mark at Lee Valley VeloPark in London.

A multiple Olympic and world champion on track and road, Wiggins went past

Dowsett’s record of 212 laps, set in Manchester,

with 1min 42secs to spare and eventually completed 218 laps.

‘I could have gone faster’


Sir Bradley Wiggins

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Sir Bradley Wiggins honoured to break hour record

Dowsett, the Commonwealth time-trial champion, says he has “got age on my side” when it comes to attempting to break the hour record again.

“My record attempt was very well calculated and we only set out to break the record,” he told

BBC Radio 5 live.

“If you go out too fast then you will suffer and pay for it later on. We ran a very conservative race and I could have gone faster.

“I would like to go back and see what I am capable of, whether that be next year or in eight years’ time.”

‘I never asked for any help’

Steve Collins, who was part of Dowsett’s hour record team, has said

British Cycling was “too involved”

in Wiggins’ hour bid and alleged the governing body helped design parts of Wiggins’ bike.

But Dowsett was unconcerned by the claims, stating he was given enough assistance.

“I had massive support from my team and sponsors so it was not something that crossed my mind,” he said.

“I never asked British Cycling for any help but if I had, I probably would have got some. I had more than enough support from my own team.”

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cycling/33055224

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