Alex Dowsett abandons Tour de France

Movistar's Alex Dowsett abandons the Tour de France after being dropped early on stage 12

Alex Dowsett on stage five of the 2015 Tour de France (Watson)

(Image credit: Watson)

Movistar's Alex Dowsett has abandoned the Tour de France on stage 12, bringing to an end his torrid debut in the race.

The British time trial champion struggled through much of the first week after a crash on stage four, which required six stitches to his elbow, before losing more time in the mountain stages after the rest day.

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