Team Sky's British ITT champion sets fastest time against clock, Rabobank rider keeps lead in GC...

Team Sky's Alex Dowsett, who earlier this month won the British Time Trial Championship, showed off his new red, white and blue skinsuit in the best possible way this lunchtime in London, winning the Tour of Britain Stage 8a Time Trial on an 8.8 kilometre course starting and finishing in Whitehall. Rabobank's Lars Boom, last man out on the course in the race leader's gold jersey, retains the overall lead going into this afternoon's 88.8 kilometre stage 8b circuit race, covering 10 laps of the same course between Westminster and Tower Bridge.

Tour of Britain Stage 8a provisional result

1) Alex Dowsett, Team Sky 10.14.73

2) Lars Boom, Rabobank 10.19.06

3) Lieuwe Westra, Vacansoleil 10.19.96

4) Steve Cummings, Team Sky 10.23.21

5) Geraint Thomas, Team Sky 10.30.78

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.