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Giro d’Italia Stage 8: Alex Dowsett takes impressive victory from the break

Essex rider’s second win at the Giro after time trial win in 2013

Alex Dowsett (Israel Start-Up Nation) ditched his fellow breakaway riders to win Stage 8 of the Giro d’Italia by an impressive margin of 1m15s. The victory came on a day that had started less than auspiciously for British riders with Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) forced to withdraw following a positive test for Covid-19.

Dowsett's day started with a rather more mundane downer.

He was then part of a six-man break that also included another Briton, Matt Holmes of Lotto-Soudal.

That group managed to stay away to the finish and it was the Essex rider who was clearly the strongest come the closing kilometres.

Dowsett famously won a Giro time trial ahead of Bradley Wiggins in 2013, but hadn’t won a road stage in nine years.

After attacking multiple times in the latter stages, he finally made his winning move with 18km to go.

The peloton finished 14 minutes later with no significant changes to the general classification.

Dowsett said: “Since Israel Start-Up Nation stepped up to the WorldTour, we’ve been fighting for this victory.

“Today we had a plan to break away. Either Matthias Brändle or myself could have been the winner. It’s an incredible thing to have experienced, and a massive relief.

“Uncertainty is the nature of 2020 and I have no contract for next year. I still want to be a bike racer. It’s not really a job, it’s what I like to do and what I’m good at.

“I have my first baby on the way. It makes me worried but I’m looking forward to being a dad. It must be as emotional as winning today’s stage.”

Alex has written for more cricket publications than the rest of the team combined. Despite the apparent evidence of this picture, he doesn't especially like cake.

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mdavidford | 3 years ago

an impressive margin of 1m15s

Not sure why that makes it any more impressive than if it had been closer. Apart from anything else, more than half of that was because the three behind were finessing for the sprint for second place.

STiG911 | 3 years ago
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Well, well deserved victory for that man. Watching the emotion come pouring out - brilliant. Just brilliant. 

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