Alex Dowsett

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Alex Dowsett
Alex Dowsett Richmond 2009 AB2 (cropped).jpg
Dowsett at the 2009 Richmond Grand Prix
Personal information
Full name Alex Edward Albert Dowsett
Born (1988-10-03) 3 October 1988 (age 26)
Maldon, Essex, England[1]
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 75 kg (11 st 11 lb)
Team information
Current team Movistar Team
Discipline Road and track
Role Rider
Rider type Time trialist
Amateur team(s)
2009 100% Me
Professional team(s)
2010 Trek-Livestrong
2011–2012 Team Sky
2013– Movistar Team
Major wins

Grand Tours

Giro d'Italia
1 individual stage (2013)

One-day races and Classics

National Time Trial Championships (2011, 2012, 2013)
European Under-23 Time Trial Championships
Infobox last updated on
31 July 2014

Alex Edward Albert Dowsett (born 3 October 1988) is a British professional road racing cyclist who rides for UCI ProTeam Movistar Team.[2] He is known as an excellent time trialist.

Early life[edit]

The son of former British Touring Car Championship driver Phil Dowsett,[3] Dowsett was educated at Elm Green Preparatory School in Little Baddow, followed by King Edward VI Grammar School in Chelmsford.


Early career[edit]

Dowsett began his career at the Maldon and District Cycling Club in the City of Chelmsford.[4] soon recognised his talent, and Alex became part of the British Olympic Academy development team. He won the under-23 version of the British Time Trial Championships in 2008 and 2009. In 2010 he rode for American Trek-LiveStrong and won the under-23 European time trial championship.[5] He also won a silver medal in the Time Trial at the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

Team Sky (2011-12)[edit]

Dowsett at the 2011 Tour of Britain, riding for Team Sky

Dowsett signed for British-based Team Sky as a neo-pro for the 2011 season. His first victory for Sky came in the London Nocturne event. Dowsett finished fifth overall in Danmark Rundt, helping team-mate Simon Gerrans to overall victory. He won the fifth stage of the Tour du Poitou-Charentes to finish second overall. In September, he became the British National Time Trial Champion. Dowsett won the time trial Stage 8a of the 2011 Tour of Britain.

In March 2012, Dowsett suffered a broken elbow in the Three Days of De Panne and as a result missed the classics season. Dowsett recovered to finish second in the National Road Race Championships, and later retained his National Time Trial Champion title. Later in September, Dowsett competed at the UCI World Road Race Championships in all three men's elite events, with a best placing of eighth in the individual time trial.

Movistar (2013-)[edit]

Dowsett at the 2014 Tour of Britain

On 30 October 2012, Dowsett signed with the Spanish Movistar Team for the 2013 season hoping to gain a ride on a Grand Tour.[2] After competing in the Classics season for Movistar Team, Dowsett was selected to ride the Giro d'Italia, his first Grand Tour appearance. Dowsett helped Movistar Team take second place in the team time trial on stage two. On stage eight, a 54.8 km (34.1 mi) individual time trial, Dowsett set the fastest time to record his biggest career victory to date, setting a time ten seconds faster than the second placed Bradley Wiggins.[6] In June, Dowsett won the British National Time Trial Championships for the third year in a row despite crashing early on in the course.[7]

In May 2014 Dowsett set a new British 10-mile time trial record in Cambridgeshire, clocking in at 17 minutes 20 seconds and beating Michael Hutchinson's previous record by 25 seconds.[8]

Competing for England at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Dowsett won gold in the Individual Time Trial.[9] After a long breakaway, Dowsett took the lead of the Tour of Britain on the sixth stage[10] but lost it before the end of the stage race to Dylan van Baarle and finished eighth overall.[11] His team announced that Dowsett had signed a three year contract extension with them in September.[12]

In December 2014, Dowsett announced he would attempt to break the UCI Hour Record at the Lee Valley VeloPark on February 27th 2015.[13] However, he was forced to postpone the attempt after breaking his collarbone in a training accident.[14]

Personal life[edit]

Dowsett suffers from haemophilia.[15] Speaking on ITV's Cycle Show in July 2013, Dowsett cited this medical condition as being a key factor in his choosing competitive cycling in his youth, above other sports, because contact games such as football and rugby were considered too risky.


1st National Junior Road Race Championships
National Junior Time Trial Championships
1st 10-mile
1st 25-mile
1st Tour of Switzerland 7.7 km Time Trial
1st European Junior Team Pursuit Championships
1st Perfs Pedal Road Race
1st Overall British Premier Calendar Under-23 Champion
1st Rudy Project Time Trial Series
National Time Trial Championships
3rd 10-mile
4th 25-mile
1st Team Time Trial Tour d'Alsace
1st MaillotReinoUnido.PNG National Under-23 Time Trial Championships
3rd Abergavenny International Criterium
3rd National 10-mile Time Trial Championships
4th National Under-23 Road Race Championships
1st Richmond Grand Prix
1st MaillotReinoUnido.PNG National Under-23 Time Trial Championships
7th World Under-23 Time Trial Championships
1st UEC Champion Jersey.svg European Under-23 Time Trial Championships
1st Stage 5 Cascade Cycling Classic
1st Chrono des Nations U23
8th Tour of the Battenkill
2nd Silver medal blank.svg Commonwealth Games Time Trial
1st MaillotReinoUnido.PNG National Time Trial Championships
1st Stage 8a Tour of Britain
1st London Nocturne
2nd Overall Tour du Poitou-Charentes
1st Stage 5
3rd Chrono des Nations
5th Overall Danmark Rundt
6th Overall Ster ZLM Toer
1st MaillotReinoUnido.PNG National Time Trial Championships
1st Vita Cycles Ten Minutes of Hell Time Trial Mersey Tunnel Time Trial
2nd National Road Race Championships
2nd Duo Normand (with Luke Rowe)
8th UCI World Time Trial Championships
1st MaillotReinoUnido.PNG National Time Trial Championships
1st Stage 8 (ITT) Giro d'Italia
2nd London Nocturne
1st Gold medal blank.svg Commonwealth Games Time Trial
1st Stage 3 (ITT) Circuit de la Sarthe
2nd National Madison Championships (with Joe Holt)[16]
3rd National Time Trial Championships[17]
7th Overall Tour du Poitou-Charentes[18]
8th Overall Tour of Britain


  1. ^ "Alex Dowsett Biography". Team Sky. Retrieved 30 August 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Wynn, Nigel (30 October 2012). "Dowsett signs to Movistar team for 2013". Cycling Weekly (IPC Media Limited). Retrieved 30 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "A family affair for Airwaves Racing at Dunton shakedown". Airwaves Racing (Motorbase Performance). 29 September 2011. Retrieved 2 September 2012. 
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ Lionel Birnie (6 November 2009). "Dowsett signs with Trek-LiveStrong". Cycling Weekly (IPC Media Sports & Leisure network). Retrieved 12 October 2012. 
  6. ^ Wynn, Nigel; Brown, Gregor (11 May 2013). "Alex Dowsett wins Giro d'Italia stage eight time trial". Cycling Weekly (IPC Media). Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  7. ^ "Dowsett claims third straight British time trial title". (Future plc). 20 June 2013. Retrieved 20 June 2013. 
  8. ^ Wynn, Nigel (31 May 2014). "Alex Dowsett sets new British 10-mile time trial record". Cycling Weekly. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 
  9. ^ "Alex Dowsett wins men's time trial gold". Retrieved 2014-07-31. 
  10. ^ "Brändle claims second successive win at Tour of Britain". (Future plc). 12 September 2014. Retrieved 12 September 2014. 
  11. ^ "Dylan van Baarle wins 2014 Tour of Britain". VeloNews (Competitor Group, Inc.). 14 September 2014. Retrieved 23 September 2014. 
  12. ^ "Great Britain’s Alex Dowsett signs new three-year contract with Movistar". The Guardian (2014 Guardian News and Media Limited). 22 September 2014. Retrieved 23 September 2014. 
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  15. ^ Ellis Bacon (22 March 2010). "Dowsett delivers for Trek-Livestrong". Cycling News (Future Publishing Limited). Retrieved 12 October 2012. 
  16. ^ "Tennant and Wood win British Madison title at Revolution Series in London". British Cycling. 25 October 2014. Retrieved 27 October 2014. 
  17. ^ Griffiths, Gareth (27 June 2014). "National Championships 2014: Sir Bradley Wiggins wins British time trial title at Celtic Manor ahead of Team Sky colleague Geraint Thomas". WalesOnline. Retrieved 27 June 2014. 
  18. ^ "Chavanel wins Tour du Poitou-Charentes". 29 August 2014. Retrieved 30 August 2014. 

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