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British Road Championships 2013

Date range:
June 20-23, 2013

June 20, Elite Men TT: 49.2km

Dowsett claims third straight British time trial title

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Cycling News
Published:
June 20, 2013, 21:12 BST,
Updated:
June 21, 2013, 17:34 BST

Bottrill, Swift complete podium

Dowsett in his new British champions' jersey

Dowsett in his new British champions' jersey

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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."

Full Results
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