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Kashechkin delays attempt on world hour record

ALMATY, Kazakhstan (AFP) — Kazakhstan’s Andrey Kashechkin has pushed back his attempt to set a new world hour record, the Astana team cyclist announced Monday.

Kashechkin had scheduled his attempt for November 4-6 when the Astana velodrome will host track cycling’s World Cup but he is now looking for a new date next season.

“I’m really motivated by this challenge. And I’m aiming to set a new record at Astana cycle track,” Kashechkin said in a statement at his Facebook page.

“It’s a mission of a great interest to me,” he added. “But it’s not for this season. I hope I will be able to set a date for my attempt next season.”

The current world record for the greatest distance cycled in one hour is held by Czech racer Ondrej Sosenka, who totalled 49.700 kilometers on July 19, 2005, at the Krylatskoye velodrome in Moscow.

Kashechkin, 31, served a doping ban from 2007-2009 after testing positive for blood doping following the 2007 Tour de France, from which Astana was evicted after the 15th stage following a blood doping positive for teammate Alexandre Vinokourov.

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