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British national time trial champion parts ways with Team Sky

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."

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.

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AWPeleton [3323 posts] 3 years ago
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Good luck to him in the future.

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Paul J [884 posts] 3 years ago
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Not the best time to be leaving Sky  3

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jarderich [92 posts] 3 years ago
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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.

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aslongasicycle [383 posts] 3 years ago
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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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bikeandy61 [532 posts] 3 years ago
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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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Simon_MacMichael [2450 posts] 3 years ago
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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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Gkam84 [9086 posts] 3 years ago
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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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aslongasicycle [383 posts] 3 years ago
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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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Roberj4 [218 posts] 3 years ago
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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.

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Gkam84 [9086 posts] 3 years ago
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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)  19 19

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NeilG83 [299 posts] 3 years ago
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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.

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Gkam84 [9086 posts] 3 years ago
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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  2

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Raleigh [1665 posts] 3 years ago
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WHAT!

Did anyone else have no idea this was coming?

He'll probably get a tour ride right?

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Karbon Kev [688 posts] 3 years ago
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Sky are probably glad to get rid of him after his ridiculously biased views on the Armstrong affair.

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mingmong [260 posts] 3 years ago
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"back-to-back national time trial titles"

How high is the bar at Sky then?!

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gbzpto [93 posts] 3 years ago
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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 !