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This year has been a pretty decent one for Alex Dowsett, if you take away the first couple of months.

The Essex-born Movistar rider suffered a training ride crash in January, which delayed his preparations for the UCI Hour Record attempt he scheduled in February.

Ultimately Dowsett was forced to postpone his attempt until May – he broke the record, of course – and carried his sublime form into the Bayern Rundfahrt stage race in Germany.


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Before the race, Dowsett had never won a stage race, but a 26km time trial on stage four played right into his hands.

Winning the time trial by a single second over Katusha’s Thiago Machado, Dowsett held a two second lead over the Portuguese heading into the final stage – a sprint won by John Degenkolb.

Dowsett became the second Brit in as many years to win the Bayern title, with his former Team Sky colleague Geraint Thomas having taken the crown in 2014. Thomas also won the race in 2011.