Alex Dowsett wants to regain Sir Bradley Wiggins' hour record

Alex Dowsett
Alex Dowsett's hour record was broken just a month later by Sir Bradley Wiggins

Alex Dowsett wants to regain the hour record after it was broken by fellow Briton Sir Bradley Wiggins.

Dowsett, 26, set a new mark of 52.937km (32.89 miles) in May but was eclipsed by Wiggins on Sunday, when the 35-year-old managed 54.526km (33.88 miles).

"We ran a very conservative race and I could have gone faster," said Dowsett.

Wiggins became only the sixth rider to win the Tour de France and claim the hour record when he set a 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.

Dowsett, the Commonwealth time-trial champion, says he is relishing another crack at the record.

"It is right up my street as a time trialist with a track background," he said.

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

Dowsett has also rejected claims from Steve Collins, a member of his record-breaking team, that British Cycling gave Wiggins help he was not entitled to.

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

"I had more than enough support from my own team."

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