Alex Dowsett wins men's individual time trial gold

Gold for Alex Dowsett in Glasgow as he overturns a five second deficit on Rohan Dennis in the final kilometres

(Image credit: Andy Jones)

After a summer of disappointments including illness, non-selection by Movistar in the Tour de France and a hard-fought third place in the national time trial championship, Alex Dowsett beat a world-class field of time triallists in Glasgow to win gold ahead of Australian Rohan Dennis and Geraint Thomas of Wales. “The moment that I learned that I wasn’t riding the Tour was the point that I thought about converting the form that I had into the Commonwealth Games,” said Dowsett later.

The race - a testing loop which was draggy, then hilly then back into a headwind on open roads - quickly settled into a pattern as the final starters in the field got faster and faster, each rider going quicker than the previous at the first time check - Steve Cummings, Svein Tuft, Geraint Thomas, Trek’s New Zealand Trek Factory racing’s Jesse Sergent at 6.4km, then Dowsett, off second-to-last, fastest at the first split by four seconds. It was very early in the race, but it set the tone. Local and national favourite David Millar was last man off, but he was already eighth fastest at this point - 21 seconds behind Dowsett - and it didn’t get any better for the Scot who would finally finish eighth, 2-14 down.

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