Alex Dowsett ready for first Grand Tour solo time trial

Alex Dowsett, Giro d'Italia 2013

Alex Dowsett faces his first individual time trial in a Grand Tour today when the Giro d'Italia's Saltara stage kicks off. The Movistar rider from Essex starts will start off in Gabicce Mare and face a 54.8-kilometre solo test against the clock.

The distance is nothing new, he rode a 50-mile or 80-kilometre test at 15 years old but the setting is. Dowsett is a week into his first three-week Grand Tour.

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