June 20, Elite Men TT: 49.2km
Dowsett claims third straight British time trial title
- Cycling News
June 20, 2013, 21:12 BST,
June 21, 2013, 17:34 BST
Bottrill, Swift complete podium
Alex Dowsett (Movistar) won his third straight British time trial championship today in East Ayrshire, near the Glasgow, Scotland city centre. The 24-year-old Dowsett completed the 49.2km course in 1:02:30, 20 seconds faster than runner-up Matthew Bottrill (www.drag2zero.com) who edged Ben Swift (Sky) for second place by one tenth of a second.
Despite suffering a crash on his first lap of the 24.6km loop, which left him bloodied and requiring a bike change, Dowsett recorded the fastest split time of 31:10, five seconds up on Bottrill and 27 seconds quicker than Swift. Dowsett, who won the stage 8 individual time trial at this year's Giro d'Italia, remained in control through to the finish for the victory.
"I'm really happy - it's not easy to win three times in a row," said Dowsett. "When I claimed the first one, Wiggins told me I had to take care of it, and to be honest, I feel really committed to it and it's becoming my favourite jersey.
"It was a hard one, because even though I got back well after the crash, I had some wounds in my hands and couldn't grab the handlebars well. I don't know what really happened, but it might have been a problem with the front tire. Besides, I lost my power meter and didn't know how I was doing. It's the first time I crashed in a TT, and it's important to look at the watts all the time. I also had pain in my elbow, but my pedal stroke was good, I was going well and had no other option but suffering until the end.
"I did a great Giro, now this championship... this season is being a really great one and I hope to stay like this for the remainder of the year."
For Bottrill, a full time postal worker, placing second amidst a pair of WorldTour riders felt as good as a victory.
"I'm really in shock," said Bottrill. "There was no pressure, it was up to the pros to try and beat me. I didn't know what the time gaps were, I didn't know Alex had crashed. I was being shouted at but didn't know what the words were.
"But 20 seconds, it's a big amount, I couldn't have found any more. It would have been amazing to have won it, the highlight of my career, but coming second is as well."
|1 ||Alex Dowsett (Movistar) ||1:02:30.85 || |
|2 ||Matthew Bottrill (www.drag2zero.com) ||0:00:20.60 || |
|3 ||Ben Swift (Sky Procycling) ||0:00:20.70 || |
|4 ||Douglas Dewey (Hennebont Cyclisme) ||0:00:32.28 || |
|5 ||Luke Rowe (Sky Procycling) ||0:00:48.86 || |
|6 ||James Gullen (Hope Factory Racing) ||0:01:20.60 || |
|7 ||James McLaughlin (Team Sojasun ACNC) ||0:01:50.20 || |
|8 ||Benjamin Peacock (Paisley Velo Race Team) ||0:02:16.15 || |
|9 ||Chris Opie (Team UK Youth) ||0:02:25.25 || |
|10 ||Robert Partridge (Team UK Youth) ||0:02:33.34 || |
|11 ||Simon Bridge (Manchester Whlrs Club) ||0:02:41.26 || |
|12 ||Iain Grant (Dooleys-Cycles.co.uk) ||0:02:44.35 || |
|13 ||Alistair Rutherford (Wheelbase Altura MGD) ||0:03:30.66 || |
|14 ||Edward Perry (Ellan Vannin CC) ||0:03:58.25 || |
|15 ||Alan Thomson (Sandy Wallace Cycles) ||0:04:12.54 || |
|16 ||Darren Bell (Ellan Vannin CC) ||0:04:16.06 || |
|17 ||Tom Black (Team Manx Telecom) ||0:04:22.05 || |
|18 ||Arthur Doyle (Dooleys-Cycles.co.uk) ||0:04:33.25 || |
|19 ||Scott Burns (Manchester Whlrs Club) ||0:05:17.17 || |
|20 ||William Bjergfelt (MG-Maxifuel Pro Cycling) ||0:05:37.49 || |
|21 ||Gerry McGarrity (Inverclyde Velo) ||0:05:40.78 || |
|22 ||Silas Goldsworthy (Sandy Wallace Cycles) ||0:06:21.41 || |
|23 ||Sean Childs (Roy. Navy & Roy. Marines) ||0:06:41.79 || |
|24 ||James Cusick (Glasgow Couriers) ||0:06:49.52 || |
|25 ||Gavin Shirley (Dooleys-Cycles.co.uk) ||0:06:54.93 || |
|26 ||Jerry Cross (Manchester Whlrs Club) ||0:07:17.37 || |
|27 ||Graeme Hatcher (Fietsen Tempo) ||0:07:40.96 || |
|28 ||David Watson (Coventry Road Club) ||0:08:39.32 || |
|29 ||Mark Skilling (Ayr Roads Cycling Club) ||0:08:45.52 || |
|30 ||Christopher Staples (Fullarton Wheelers) ||0:10:29.00 || |