Alex Dowsett: ‘Even my mum said I was going slow’

British rider Alex Dowsett says “fear” of fast cornering cost him seconds in Eneco Tour time trial

Alex Dowsett on stage two of the 2016 Eneco Tour

(Image credit: Watson)

Alex Dowsett (Movistar) has said that fear of fast cornering cost him precious seconds in the time trial at the Eneco Tour yesterday and that “even his mum” knew he was going too slowly.

Dowsett placed tenth in the time trial in Breda in the Netherlands with a time of 11:06 over the 9.6km course, 18 seconds off the winning time of 10:48 set by Rohan Dennis (BMC).

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