‘As you get older you wonder when your last win might be’: Emotional Alex Dowsett reflects on huge victory from breakaway at Giro d’Italia

Dowsett hopes the win will help him find a contract for next season

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Alex Dowsett has reflected on a tough year after taking a huge win from a breakaway in the Giro d’Italia. 

The British time trial champion made it into the six-rider breakaway from Giovinazzo to Vieste on stage eight, before attacking twice and finally making it away solo 17km from the line.

Dowsett, whose contract with Israel Start-Up Nation runs out at the end of 2020, hopes the victory will help him secure a new contract for next season, as he hopes to continue his career. 

The 32-year-old will become a father for the first time next year, making the stage an even more emotional moment.  

Speaking with Eurosport (opens in new tab) after the stage, Dowsett said: “It’s such a tough year. All the uncertainty, working out how I’m going to get to next year and still be racing, still be doing what I love and still being able to put food on the table for three of us rather than two of us come January.

“Hopefully this will help secure something for next year. To win like that as well...as you get older you wonder when your last win might be, or your last Grand Tour or your last anything, so you learn to savour it, learn to enjoy it and enjoy it with my team-mates here and enjoy it with [partner] Chanel and my family when I get home.” 

Dowsett and his Israel Start-Up Nation team-mate Matthias Brändle played a tactical masterclass from the break, with Dowsett launching the first attack 30km. 

Brändle then attacked at 17km, before Dowsett kicked again and finally made it clear of the rivals. 

Dowsett reached the finish more than a minute ahead of the rest of the break and looked stunned as he took his second win at the Giro d’Italia after his 2013 TT victory for Movistar.  

The win is also the first Grand Tour stage for Israel Start-Up Nation, which joined the WorldTour this year.

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Essex-born Dowsett said: “I think its going to be a big relief for the team to get that winner under the belt. 

“The team can end this year pretty content with how things have gone so far and we've still got the Tour of Flanders to go and the Vuelta [a España]and a few stages here.” 

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for CyclingWeekly.com. After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.