Alex Dowsett smashes course record

Alex Dowsett, Criterium International 2011, stage three time trial

Team Sky pro Alex Dowsett set tongues wagging when he slashed around three and a half minutes off the course record in the Easterley RC hilly 26-mile event in Essex on Sunday.

The in-form 22-year-old clocked 52-49 for the E1/26a course at Ugley - just down the road from his home - to win by more than seven minutes and set people talking about a bid for the national 25-mile record.

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