Dowsett experiencing a better kind of stress at 2021 Giro d'Italia

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Alex Dowsett (left) and Dan Martin of Israel Start-Up Nation before the start of stage 8 of the Giro (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

The hills were 30 kilometres away from the Giro d'Italia stage 8 start town of Foggia on Saturday, but over the plains it was still easy to pick out the climbs on the Gargano peninsula, the place where Alex Dowsett (Israel Start-Up Nation) took a landmark breakaway stage victory last October.

Dowsett’s triumph on the south-easterly peninsula proved pivotal in his highly stressful but eventually successful quest for a renewed contract with Israel Start-Up Nation. 

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Alasdair Fotheringham

Alasdair Fotheringham has been reporting on cycling since 1991. He has covered every Tour de France since 1992 bar one, as well as numerous other bike races of all shapes and sizes, ranging from the Olympic Games in 2008 to the now sadly defunct Subida a Urkiola hill climb in Spain. As well as working for Cyclingnews, he has also written for The IndependentThe GuardianProCycling, The Express and Reuters.