Nationality: British
Date of birth: October 3, 1988
Height: 182cm
Weight: 75kg
Team: Movistar
Twitter: @alexdowsett

Alex Dowsett’s formative years were spent racing on the British time trial scene, an experience that has stood him in good stead for life in the pro ranks. His ability against the clock brought him a stage win in the 2013 Giro d’Italia and allowed him to challenge for shorter stage races.

His Commonwealth Games time trial gold medal was a high point in 2014, and he subsequently announced that he would take on the UCI Hour Record. After a training setback that saw him fracture his collarbone, Dowsett set a new Hour Record in May 2015. The record was subsequently beaten by fellow Briton, Bradley Wiggins.

Using his Hour form, he went on to take his first stage race victory at the 2015 Bayern-Rundfahrt in Germany after winning the race’s time trial stage.

Watch: Alex Dowsett’s Hour Record bike

Dowsett was selected by his Movistar team for the 2015 Tour de France, where he played a key role in supporting team leader Nairo Quintana, particularly during the team time trial stage. However, a crash injury forced Dowsett to withdraw from his debut Tour when it hit the Pyrenees.

Dowsett has a passion for fast cars, inspired by his father who was a professional racing driver.

Eurosport and ITV will have highlights from the 2017 British Cycling National Road Championships, which take place on Thursday June 22 and Sunday June 25.