Dowsett signs with Trek-LiveStrong

Alex Dowsett, British Time Trial Championships 2009

Alex Dowsett has signed with the US-based Trek-LiveStrong squad, the under-23 development team created by Lance Armstrong to nurture the next generation of top riders.

The British rider has been in demand since he came an excellent seventh in the under-23 time trial at the World Championships in September.

Rapha-Condor team manager John Herety had signed Dowsett earlier this year, but they had an agreement to release him if a Pro Continental team came in for him.

Vacansoleil made an approach, and then there was interest from the Trek-Livestrong squad.

"Even though they are not Pro Continental, we feel that if there is an opportunity to join the Trek-LiveStrong team it is one we can't stand in the way of," said Herety.

The deal is expected to be confirmed soon.

Trek-Livestrong is currently home to US track and road sensation Taylor Phinney, and is run by former pro rider Axel Merckx, son of the legendary Eddy Merckx.

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Sports journalist Lionel Birnie has written professionally for Sunday Times, Procycling and of course Cycling Weekly. He is also an author, publisher, and co-founder of The Cycling Podcast. His first experience covering the Tour de France came in 1999, and he has presented The Cycling Podcast with Richard Moore and Daniel Friebe since 2013. He founded Peloton Publishing in 2010 and has ghostwritten and published the autobiography of Sean Kelly, as well as a number of other sports icons.