British time trial national champion Alex Dowsett has signed with the Spanish Movistar WorldTour team for 2013.

The 24 year old from Essex has spent the past two seasons with British-based Team Sky. Prior to that, Dowsett rode on the American Trek-Livestrong development team alongside Taylor Phinney in 2010.

Dowsett has established himself as a specialist against the clock, having won the 2010 under-23 European time trial title, silver in the 2010 Commonwealth Games time trial and eighth place at this year’s time trial World Championships.

Last year he won a stage of the Tour of Britain and a stage of Tour du Poitou-Charentes in France. He placed second in the British road race National Championship behind Ian Stannard in June.

Dowsett’s early 2012 season was blighted after he broke his elbow in March at the Three Days of West Flanders.

Grand Tour opportunity

Talking to Cycling Weekly in early September, Dowsett had indicated the bind he was in: “Sky is amazing for rider development; as a young rider progressing, I don’t think there is a better place for it.

But it’s such a strong team that I could go somewhere else and ride the big races… There’s a possibility of the Tour de France next year if I go to another team.

Time-trialling is something some teams really like. Certainly I want to start establishing myself and get some Grand Tours under my belt. It says a lot about a bike rider.”

Alex Dowsett factfile
Date of birth: 3/10/1988
From: Essex
Previous teams: Team Sky (2011-2012); Trek-Livestrong (2010); GB Olympic Academy

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Alex Dowsett: Rider profile

  • george l

    Good move what races did he get at SKY? seemed to just ride RTTC events oops TTC. But when he rode on the rode he did very well. Good on ya Alex. More options with the classics etc. Ignore the fools.

  • Mark Jones

    This is a good move as we should never be in a position where all our eggs are in one basket. Cav moving to OPQS and now Dowsett moving to Movistar will give us more options and interest outside of Team Sky. As for the comments about Movistar well they were the team of the much missed Xavier Tondo who filed the complaint about the Girona Doping Investigation.

  • Terry

    Is that THE Ken Evans ? Of all the teams, Movistar is one of the last teams I’d go for !

  • JeffGoldblumIII

    Looking at their GT results…you’d have to say cleaner than SKY.

  • Ken Evans

    Sky’s loss, Dowsett is class.
    I wish him every sucess at Movistar.

  • Alan

    C’mon folks, give the lad a break !

    Good luck to him I say. He’s absolutely bang on about his chances at Sky. They are sooo strong, and it’d be really difficult to get that tour place.

    Movistar will be pleased to have a strong TT guy in their ranks.

  • Sam1

    Movistar…with Valverde as leader…God help him

  • TG

    Did he sign the declaration before he left?

  • Terry

    So, are they as clean as SKY?