Alex Dowsett

Nationality: British
Date of birth: October 3, 1988
Height: 182cm
Weight: 75kg
Team: Katusha-Alpecin
Twitter: @alexdowsett

Alex Dowsett’s formative years were spent racing on the British time trial scene, an experience that has stood him in good stead for life in the pro ranks. His ability against the clock brought him a stage win in the 2013 Giro d’Italia and allowed him to challenge for shorter stage races.

His Commonwealth Games time trial gold medal was a high point in 2014, and he subsequently announced that he would take on the UCI Hour Record. After a training setback that saw him fracture his collarbone, Dowsett set a new Hour Record in May 2015. The record was subsequently beaten by fellow Briton, Bradley Wiggins.

Using his Hour form, he went on to take his first stage race victory at the 2015 Bayern-Rundfahrt in Germany after winning the race’s time trial stage.

Watch: Alex Dowsett’s Hour Record bike

Dowsett was selected by the Movistar team for the 2015 Tour de France, where he played a key role in supporting team leader Nairo Quintana, particularly during the team time trial stage. However, a crash injury forced Dowsett to withdraw from his debut Tour when it hit the Pyrenees.

A switch from Movistar to Katusha-Alpecin came for the 2018 season, with Dowsett once again aiming for stages against the clock as well as proviving team support, not least in the lead-out train for sprinter Marcel Kittel. He continues with the team into 2019.

Dowsett has a passion for fast cars, inspired by his father who was a professional racing driver.