Despite his hour record attempt being thrown into jeopardy by a broken collarbone, Alex Dowsett is refusing to give up hope of making history in February.

The Commonwealth Games time trial gold medallist was set to take on the challenge of beating Matthias Brandle’s record of 51.852km on February 27.

However, the 26-year-old suffered a broken collarbone after a crash near his Essex home earlier this week which threatened to derail his attempt.

But successful surgery has left Dowsett confident of a return to the bike sooner rather than later and he says he is optimistic of being in top shape by the end of February.

“Surgery went extremely well,” Dowsett said in a video message.

“I wanted to say thank you to everybody for your support all the messages I’ve had on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram have been phenomenal.

“We’re trying our hardest to make the perfect hour on the 27th of February still work, we might have to call it the almost perfect hour.

“We’ll be doing everything we can to make it happen but obviously if it doesn’t recover as much as it should then we will postpone it but it is a case of never say never.”

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