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Video: Alex Dowsett says he still plans Hour record attempt on 27 February

Movistar rider in good spirits after undergoing surgery yesterday on broken collarbone

Alex Dowsett says he still hopes to attempt the Hour record at the Lee Valley VeloPark on 27 February despite having surgery yesterday on his collarbone, which he broke in a training crash earlier this week.

In a video message posted to Facebook and YouTube by his Movistar team, the 26-year-old from Essex thanked fans and other well-wishers for their support, which he described as “overwhelming.”

He added that he and his team were working “as hard as we can” to keep to the original schedule.

Dowsett said: “Surgery yesterday went extremely well, I should be out of hospital today or tomorrow; haemophilia usually keeps me in a day or two longer than usual but it looks like they’ll be sending me home quite soon.

“I want to say thank you to everyone for your support. The messages I’ve had on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram have been phenomenal, it really has been overwhelming.

“We’re trying as hard as we can to make the Perfect Hour on the 27th of February still work.

“We might have to call it the Almost Perfect Hour because of this here,” he went on, indicating his collarbone.

“The team, Movistar, Canyon, Endura, Campagnolo and myself will be doing everything we can to make it still happen.

“Obviously if this doesn’t recover as well as it should then we will postpone it but it is a case of ‘never say never’,” he added.

Dowsett’s attempt on the Hour record is scheduled to take place on the evening of Friday 27 February as part of the Revolution Series, and tickets are available through its website.

Organisers FACE Partnership told “We will still host a really good event on 27th with or without the record attempt so we are in the process of creating a second race programme in case the attempt is postponed.

“The Perfect Hour was always going to have Revolution races after the attempt featuring some of the stars from the rest of the weekend.

“Depending on what happens customers will have three options:

1.       Refund of ticket (minus booking fee)
2.       Transfer ticket
3.       Retain the ticket and attend the event on 27th Feb."

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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