Tour de France overarching motivation for TT champion Alex Dowsett

“I want to be as good as I can be for the Tour de France. Anything before is important, but a stepping stone towards it.”

Alex Dowsett and Steven Cummings on stage three of the 2014 Dubai Tour

(Image credit: Watson)

New season training camps are normally done and dusted by early January but Alex Dowsett will start the Tour of Algarve (February 19-23) this week on the back of Movistar’s first.

The British national time trial champion has been training in Spain in the run to the five-stage race after making his season debut at the Dubai Tour, which contemporary Taylor Phinney (BMC) won, earlier this month.

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Sophie Smith is an Australian journalist, broadcaster and author of Pain & Privilege: Inside Le Tour. She follows the WorldTour circuit, working for British, Australian and US press, and has covered 10 Tours de France.