Show us your scars #30: Alex Dowsett (video)

Four-time British national time trial champion Alex Dowsett talks to us about getting stitches without anaesthetic and a friend's unfriendly dog

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There’s no hiding from the classic cycling injuries of broken collarbones and stitched-up arms – even for a time trial specialist like Alex Dowsett.

Former UCI Hour Record holder Dowsett has a very nasty scar on his right elbow from a crash on stage four of the 2015 Tour de France, which eventually forced him to abandon on stage 12.

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But the four-time British national time trial champion fought to try and finish his debut Tour, despite being unable to ride anywhere near his normal limit, even forgoing an anaesthetic when his stitches were cleaned and replaced on the first rest day to make sure that wasn’t why he was off the pace…and Dowsett is a haemophiliac too, which makes the whole process a lot harder.

Dowsett had previously injured the very same elbow in a crash on cobbles in Belgium when a rider fell in front of him leaving him nowhere to go (except straight over him). Not content with just a boring old bone break, Dowsett managed to pick up an MRSA-type infection in hospital! It never rains…

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Dowsett’s collarbone break scar seems pretty tame in comparison, “the standard bike rider collarbone,” as he puts it.

But it’s not all bike-related – the Giro d’Italia stage winner has a small scar on his hand, from where he cut himself with a knife on Christmas Day as a kid, and a bigger one on the same hand from a recent dog bite to complete his collection.