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|