Alex Dowsett

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Alex Dowsett
Rund um Köln 2019 022.jpg
Dowsett in 2019
Personal information
Full nameAlex Edward Albert Dowsett
NicknameAlex 'The Tiger' Dowsett
Born (1988-10-03) 3 October 1988 (age 32)
Maldon, Essex, England[1]
Height1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)[2]
Weight73 kg (161 lb; 11 st 7 lb)[2]
Team information
Current teamIsrael Start-Up Nation
Rider typeTime trialist
Amateur team
2009100% Me
Professional teams
2011–2012Team Sky
2013–2017Movistar Team
2018–2019Team Katusha–Alpecin[3][4]
2020–Israel Start-Up Nation[5]
Major wins
Grand Tours
Giro d'Italia
2 individual stages (2013, 2020)

Stage races

Bayern–Rundfahrt (2015)

One-day races and Classics

National Time Trial Championships
(2011–2013, 2015, 2016, 2019)

World Hour record

2 May 2015, 52.9377 km

Alex Edward Albert Dowsett (born 3 October 1988) is a British professional road racing cyclist, who currently rides for UCI WorldTeam Israel Start-Up Nation.[6] He is a time trial specialist, and in 2015, he broke track cycling's world hour record by 446 metres (1,463 feet), with a distance of 52.937 kilometres (32.894 miles).

Early life[edit]

The son of former British Touring Car Championship driver Phil Dowsett,[7] Dowsett was educated at Elm Green Preparatory School in Little Baddow, followed by King Edward VI Grammar School, Chelmsford. He initially took up swimming as a sport, swimming up to five days a week, before starting cycling on a mountain bike along with his father.[8][9]


Early career[edit]

Dowsett began his career at the Maldon and District Cycling Club in the City of Chelmsford.[10] His talent was soon recognised and Dowsett 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 team and won the under-23 European time trial championship.[11] 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

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 the Danmark Rundt, helping teammate Simon Gerrans to overall victory. He won the fifth stage of the Tour du Poitou-Charentes to finish second overall. In September, he won the British National Time Trial Championships. Dowsett won the Stage 8a time trial of the 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 Championships 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 (2013–2017)[edit]

On 30 October 2012, Dowsett signed with the Spanish Movistar Team for the 2013 season hoping to gain a ride at a Grand Tour.[12] 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.[13] In June, Dowsett won the British National Time Trial Championships for the third year in a row despite crashing early on in the course.[14]

Dowsett at the 2014 Tour of Britain

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.[15] Competing for England at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Dowsett won gold in the Individual Time Trial.[16] After a long breakaway, Dowsett took the lead of the Tour of Britain on the sixth stage[17] but lost it before the end of the race to Dylan van Baarle and finished eighth overall.[18] His team announced that Dowsett had signed a three-year contract extension with them in September.[19]

Dowsett (centre) in the leading group of the 2015 Vattenfall Cyclassics

In December 2014, Dowsett announced he would attempt to break the UCI Hour Record at the Lee Valley VeloPark on 27 February 2015.[20] However, he was forced to postpone the attempt after breaking his collarbone in a training accident.[21] The attempt instead took place at the Manchester Velodrome on 2 May 2015[22] where Dowsett set a new world record of 52.937 kilometres (32.894 miles), beating Rohan Dennis' previous record by almost half a kilometre.[23] Two weeks later, Dowsett won his first ever stage race, the Bayern–Rundfahrt, where he claimed the overall victory a day after winning the Stage 4 individual time-trial. In June 2015 Dowsett clinched his fourth national time trial title.[24] He was named in the start list for the 2015 Tour de France.[25]

Team Katusha–Alpecin/Israel Start-Up Nation (2018–present)[edit]

In August 2017, it was announced that Dowsett would join Team Katusha–Alpecin for the 2018 season.[3][9] Following the last minute break up of the team in 2019,[26] he initially thought he would rest from professional cycling in 2020 and return to his local Maldon club, to focus on the Olympics and regaining the hour record. Instead he was part of the Team Katusha–Alpecin merger with Israel Cycling Academy, which became the new team Israel Start-Up Nation for 2020,[9] and placed 4th in the European Championship time trial, and 9th in the World Championship time trial. Dowsett took a win in stage 8 of the 2020 Giro d'Italia.

In December 2020, Dowsett announced that he had extended his contract with Israel Start-Up Nation for 2 years.

Personal life[edit]

Dowsett suffers from haemophilia and wears a necklace, detailing his medical needs, when out riding.[27][28] 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. His mother inserted knee and shoulder pads into his school uniform and he wore special trainers.[9]

He is believed to be the only able-bodied elite sportsman or woman with the condition.[8] As a result, he has a special exemption from the Union Cycliste Internationale's no needles policy, introduced in 2011,[29] to inject himself with the clotting protein Factor VIII every 48 hours.[8]

Dowsett started the charitable foundation Little Bleeders to raise awareness of haemophilia and to encourage and support young haemophiliacs to engage with sport. He also has his own YouTube channel, where he documents his life as a professional cyclist.

Major results[edit]

1st MaillotReinoUnido.PNG Time trial, National Junior Road Championships
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Junior Tour of Wales
1st Jersey polkadot.svg Mountains classification
1st UEC Champion Jersey.svg Team pursuit, UEC European Junior Track Championships
1st MaillotReinoUnido.PNG Time trial, National Junior Road Championships
3rd Overall Junior Tour of Wales
1st Jersey polkadot.svg Mountains classification
6th Rutland–Melton CiCLE Classic
National Under-23 Road Championships
1st MaillotReinoUnido.PNG Time trial
4th Road race
1st Prologue (TTT) Tour Alsace
1st MaillotReinoUnido.PNG Time trial, National Under-23 Road Championships
1st Richmond Grand Prix
7th Time trial, UCI Under-23 Road World Championships
1st UEC Champion Jersey.svg Time trial, UEC European Under-23 Road Championships
1st Chrono des Nations Espoirs
1st Stage 5 Cascade Cycling Classic
2nd Silver medal blank.svg Time trial, Commonwealth Games
8th Tour of the Battenkill
1st MaillotReinoUnido.PNG Time trial, National Road Championships
1st London Nocturne
1st Stage 8a (ITT) Tour of Britain
2nd Overall Tour du Poitou-Charentes
1st Stage 5
3rd Chrono des Nations
5th Overall Danmark Rundt
6th Overall Ster ZLM Toer
National Road Championships
1st MaillotReinoUnido.PNG Time trial
2nd Road race
2nd Duo Normand (with Luke Rowe)
8th Time trial, UCI Road World Championships
1st MaillotReinoUnido.PNG Time trial, National Road Championships
1st Stage 8 (ITT) Giro d'Italia
2nd London Nocturne
1st Gold medal blank.svg Time trial, Commonwealth Games
1st Stage 3 (ITT) Circuit de la Sarthe
2nd Silver medal blank.svg Madison, National Track Championships (with Joe Holt)
3rd Time trial, National Road Championships
7th Overall Tour du Poitou-Charentes
8th Overall Tour of Britain
World Hour record: 52.937 km
1st MaillotReinoUnido.PNG Time trial, National Road Championships
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Bayern–Rundfahrt
1st Stage 4 (ITT)
3rd Bronze medal blank.svg Team time trial, UCI Road World Championships
1st MaillotReinoUnido.PNG Time trial, National Road Championships
1st Stage 7 (ITT) Tour de Pologne
1st Stage 2b (ITT) Circuit de la Sarthe
2nd Time trial, National Road Championships
10th Overall Dubai Tour
3rd Time trial, National Road Championships
5th Time trial, UEC European Road Championships
National Road Championships
1st MaillotReinoUnido.PNG Time trial
4th Road race
5th Time trial, UCI Road World Championships
5th Time trial, UEC European Road Championships
10th Overall Ster ZLM Toer
1st Stage 8 Giro d'Italia
4th Time trial, UEC European Road Championships
9th Time trial, UCI Road World Championships
1st Stage 1b (TTT) Settimana Internazionale di Coppi e Bartali

Grand Tour general classification results timeline[edit]

Grand Tour 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
A pink jersey Giro d'Italia 147 120 120 DNF
A yellow jersey Tour de France DNF 151
A red jersey Vuelta a España Has not yet contested during career
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish


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Preceded by
Rohan Dennis
UCI hour record (52.937 km)
2 May 2015 – 7 June 2015
Succeeded by
Bradley Wiggins