|Alex Dowsett earns gold medal in British ITT [28-06-19 08:44 by staff GoNBike.com]|
Alex Dowsett earns gold medal for sixth time in British ITT
Taking the gold medal for a record-tying sixth time on Thursday in Norfolk, Team KATUSHA ALPECIN’s Alex Dowsett acknowledged that winning it this time is something special.
“There were a few years where getting this jersey came quite easy and I guess I took it for granted. I think I will enjoy wearing it this time more than the other times I’ve had them. Today was a fight.”
Dowsett, age 30, put up a top time of 49:25 (48.57 km/h) on the 27.4k flat course in Norfolk. Starting second from last just in front of teammate Harry Tanfield among a field of 35 riders, Dowsett wasn’t seeing early results in his time checks that gave him an over-abundance of confidence.
Dowsett: “I think I was down after one-third of the distance and this was a bit of a worry because I’d given a lot in this part of the course. Then at two-thirds it was touch and go, but then I brought it home well. We have some real fast guys in the U.K. and the caliber of riders coming through is huge, so I don’t know when the last time in the national stripes will be so I’m going to enjoy every moment of this.”
Joining Dowsett on the podium were John Archibald for the silver medal (+.06) and Steve Cummings with the bronze at +.27.
Dowsett had nothing but praise for his team equipment: “We’ve got fantastic equipment: the Oakley helmet, the Canyon bike, the Katusha Sports skinsuits – it’s all fully optimized to make us as quick as possible. It worked!”
Dowsett concluded: “Each year is a pleasure and I think even more so this time. It’s my sixth title but it feels like my first. It’s going to be very special riding in the stripes this year. I’m very happy.”
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