'I've made more enemies in three races than I did in the last five years': Alex Dowsett on the art of the lead-out man

British time trial specialist taking on new role in Marcel Kittel's lead-out train at Katusha-Alpecin

Alex Dowsett on stage two of Tirreno-Adriatico

(Image credit: Tim de Waele/Getty Images)

Alex Dowsett is muscling his way around the peloton with purpose these days helping lead out Marcel Kittel, who won his first race with new team Katusha-Alpecin on Thursday on the second stage of Tirreno-Adriatico.

The Englishman, 29, switched teams this winter after five years working for GC riders at Spanish team Movistar. Now, he is pulling for the 6'3" broad-shouldered Marcel Kittel.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.