Alex Dowsett signs for Movistar for 2013

British national time trial champion parts ways with Team Sky

by Simon_MacMichael   October 30, 2012  

Alex Dowsett wins the 2011 IG Markets London Nocturne.jpg

British national time trial champion Alex Dowsett is leaving Team Sky after two seasons to join Spanish WorldTour outfit Movistar. The news was confirmed in a brief statement published on Movistar's website this morning.

The 24-year-old from Essex, who is haemophiliac, joined Team Sky in 2011 from the Trek-Livestrong under-23 squad, where he was a team mate of Taylor Phinney.

Despite winning back-to-back national time trial titles and finishing eighth in the discipline at this year's World Championships in the Netherlands, his career at Sky has not ignited in the way he would perhaps have wished.

His 2012 season was also disrupted when he suffered a broken elbow in March during the Three Days of De Panne, which meant he missed the Spring Classics campaign.

Earlier this month, Dowsett attracted criticism when he described Lance Armstrong to the BBC as a "legend" in the wake of USADA publishing its Reasoned Decision, subsequently clarifying his comments by saying "I do think what Lance has done is completely unacceptable."

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Good luck to him in the future.

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posted by stumps [2847 posts]
30th October 2012 - 11:42

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Not the best time to be leaving Sky Wink

posted by Paul J [679 posts]
30th October 2012 - 11:50

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Two things:

Breaking a a broken elbow must REALLY hurt.

And at this rate Sky can part exchange the bus for a people carrier.

posted by jarderich [87 posts]
30th October 2012 - 12:15

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Lots of speculation about timing, but this is the time that riders and staff come and go anyway. Alex is vehemently anti-doping.

Unlike Movistar, as far as I'm aware. Did someone mention Valverde?
Bugger.

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posted by aslongasicycle [331 posts]
30th October 2012 - 13:03

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While the move from Sky is perhaps not a surprise, going to Movistar perhaps is. But then we don't know if he had offers from elsewhere. And sadly yes I am tarring the team with the Valverde brush, but I have to be somewhat skeptical of the whole of Spanish cycling at the moment. Recent history doesn't paint an appealing picture.

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posted by bikeandy61 [399 posts]
30th October 2012 - 13:11

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aslongasicycle wrote:
Lots of speculation about timing, but this is the time that riders and staff come and go anyway. Alex is vehemently anti-doping.

Inner Ring tweeted that the deal was done months ago, adding "2+2=4"

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posted by Simon_MacMichael [8501 posts]
30th October 2012 - 13:18

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The deal was done a wee while back.

Other's questioning the time of his departure have to bear in mind that because his hereditary genetic disorder. He would have two reason's never to dope.

1, it would be picked up even quicker in any tests
2, anything that effects his blood in any way could quite easily kill him straight away

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posted by Gkam84 [9040 posts]
30th October 2012 - 14:26

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I'm a big Dowsett fan, But where is your proof of this? His blood doesn't coagulate, that doesn't mean its BAD blood, far from it, look how well he's done!

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posted by aslongasicycle [331 posts]
30th October 2012 - 14:56

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Goes to show the grass isn't always green or the Sky blue, given the support each Sky rider receives. I agree with bikeandy61 Spanish cycling is a big switch off. Must be a ££££ (euro)money move.

posted by Roberj4 [202 posts]
30th October 2012 - 15:22

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aslongasicycle wrote:
I'm a big Dowsett fan, But where is your proof of this? His blood doesn't coagulate, that doesn't mean its BAD blood, far from it, look how well he's done!

Where am I saying its BAD blood, apart from being able to clot properly, there is nothing wrong with his blood.

But when you introduce other products, other than those to control the clotting process, then you put yourself into some dangerous territory.

Lets just take the riders drug of choice erythropoietin (Epo). Taking this while having haemophilia can cause certain biological (Morphology) alterations, which can be picked out very easily in drugs tests, but can also cause serious changes to your blood structure and can also cause things like leukaemia by changing your bone marrow make up.

I'm off to search out some links to back up my claim, but I know this from a study done in America years ago into the links between using certain drugs to treat HIV in Haemophiliacs.

With Dowsett also having to take IV products with him everywhere while cycling and carried in the following car at a certain temperature aswell. To risk taking any products would put him at risk.

(sort me out with one of those lovely softshell's you sell and I'll go write a thesis on it) Devil Devil

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posted by Gkam84 [9040 posts]
30th October 2012 - 16:12

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I can't decide whether this is a good or bad thing for British Cycling. It's great that British riders are getting chances at more Pro Tour teams, but I thought Team Sky formed to be a home for British cyclists. In the last couple of months 3 Brits have left Sky and just 1 has joined.

posted by NeilG83 [260 posts]
30th October 2012 - 16:21

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NeilG83 wrote:
I can't decide whether this is a good or bad thing for British Cycling. It's great that British riders are getting chances at more Pro Tour teams, but I thought Team Sky formed to be a home for British cyclists. In the last couple of months 3 Brits have left Sky and just 1 has joined.

I think its a sign of the times in Pro cycling.

Just look at Euskatel, 18 years as an exclusively Basque team, next season that have riders from all over Sad

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posted by Gkam84 [9040 posts]
30th October 2012 - 16:30

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WHAT!

Did anyone else have no idea this was coming?

He'll probably get a tour ride right?

Sir Velo

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posted by Raleigh [1733 posts]
30th October 2012 - 16:52

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Sky are probably glad to get rid of him after his ridiculously biased views on the Armstrong affair.

posted by Karbon Kev [682 posts]
30th October 2012 - 17:07

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"back-to-back national time trial titles"

How high is the bar at Sky then?!

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posted by mingmong [214 posts]
30th October 2012 - 17:57

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NeilG83 wrote:
I can't decide whether this is a good or bad thing for British Cycling. It's great that British riders are getting chances at more Pro Tour teams, but I thought Team Sky formed to be a home for British cyclists. In the last couple of months 3 Brits have left Sky and just 1 has joined.

The one guy that has joined though is pretty hot property and a potential grand tour winner !

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posted by gbzpto [82 posts]
30th October 2012 - 19:27

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