Alex Dowsett, Tour of Oman 2010, stage 6 ITT

Briton Alex Dowsett has taken the gold medal in the time trial at the Under-23 European championships today.

The Trek Livestrong rider stopped the clock at 31:08 minutes for the 25km time trial that took place on similar terrain to a British time trial - exactly the events that Dowsett grew up riding.

"This is everything I've been working for for the last seven weeks," Dowsett told Cycling Weekly. "It was pretty hot, but It was similar to a British TT course, really rolling. At times we had three lanes of motorway to play with."

"I went flat out, the heat got to me a bit so I had to back off at times as I felt I was over cooking it," he continued.

The championships is Dowsett's first major outing since crashing and breaking his scapula at the end of May

The former Olympic Academy rider was Great Britain's sole entrant in Turkey. He travelled to the championships with British Cycling coach Dan Hunt on Tuesday. "A time trial is a lonely affair anyway. We got out here on Tuesday, got settled in and went through the motions."

Dowsett returns to America on Sunday to rejoin his team mates. "I'm hoping to do the Tour de l'Aviner with the British team then finish the season at the worlds in Melbourne and Commonwealth Games."


Under-23 European championships 2010, individual time trial 25.9km

1. Alex Dowsett (Great Britain) 31-08

2. Geoffrey Soupe (France)

3. Nelson Oliveira (Portugal)

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Editor of Cycling Weekly magazine, Simon has been working at the title since 2001. He fell in love with cycling when channel surfing in 1989 and happening across the greatest ever edition of the Tour de France. He's been a Greg LeMond fan ever since. He started racing in 1995 when moving to university in North Wales gave him more time to train and some amazing roads to train on. He raced domestically for several years, riding everything from Surrey leagues to time trials, track and even a few Premier Calendars. In 2000 he spent one season racing in Belgium with the Kingsnorth International Wheelers. 

Since working for Cycling Weekly he has written product reviews, fitness features, pro interviews, race coverage and news. He has covered the Tour de France more times than he can remember along with two Olympic Games and many other international and UK domestic races. He can still be seen at his club's evening races through the summer but he still hasn't completed the CW5000 challenge!


Road bike: Pinarello K8S with Shimano Dura Ace

TT bike: Specialized Venge road bike with FFWD wheels and Easton Attack TT bars

Gravel bike: N/A

Training bike: Rourke custom hand made with Reynolds 853 steel