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Dowsett wins fifth British time trial title

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James Gullen, Alex Dowsett and Ryan Perry

James Gullen, Alex Dowsett and Ryan Perry
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Andrew Tennant (Team Wiggins)

Andrew Tennant (Team Wiggins)
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Samuel Harrison (Team Wiggins)

Samuel Harrison (Team Wiggins)
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Peter Williams (One Pro Cycling)

Peter Williams (One Pro Cycling)
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Alex Dowsett (Movistar) en route to his fourth national title

Alex Dowsett (Movistar) en route to his fourth national title
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Alex Dowsett on his way to winning his fifth British time trial title

Alex Dowsett on his way to winning his fifth British time trial title
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Ryan Perry leaves the start house

Ryan Perry leaves the start house
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James Gullen, Alex Dowsett and Ryan Perry

James Gullen, Alex Dowsett and Ryan Perry
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Alex Dowsett on his way to winning his fifth British time trial title

Alex Dowsett on his way to winning his fifth British time trial title
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Ryan Perry on his way to third in the British time trial

Ryan Perry on his way to third in the British time trial
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Movistar's Alex Dowsett on his way to winning his fifth British time trial title

Movistar's Alex Dowsett on his way to winning his fifth British time trial title
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James Gullen on his way to second on the British time trial

James Gullen on his way to second on the British time trial
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Alex Dowsett on his way to winning his fifth British time trial title

Alex Dowsett on his way to winning his fifth British time trial title
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James Gullen on his way to second on the British time trial

James Gullen on his way to second on the British time trial
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Ryan Perry on his way to third in the British time trial

Ryan Perry on his way to third in the British time trial
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Alex Dowsett on his way to winning his fifth British time trial title

Alex Dowsett on his way to winning his fifth British time trial title
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Alex Dowsett (Movistar) secured his fifth time trial title at the British championships on Thursday in Stockton-on-Tees. He covered the 46.08km course, that was held on a four-lap circuit, in 55:38, beating James Gullen (Pedal Heaven Race Team) by 1:16 minutes, with Ryan Perry (Langdale Lightweights Racing Team) a distant 2:14 minutes in arrears.

"Win number five, it’s as special as the first," Dowsett said. "I get to wear this (jersey) for another year. It’s special. It’s always special. It’s nice I didn’t have any problems this year, every year, nationals seems to throw something at me but that went very smoothly."

The men patiently waited for their starting positions following the women's race, won by Hayley Simmonds. There were a few withdrawals at the start of the men’s championship, including George Atkins, Mark Christian, Owain Doull, Steven Burke, Dan McLay, and last year's silver medallist Ed Bradbury.

The four-lap challenge made for a spectator-friendly event, as riders were seen multiple times. Liam Bromiley had the fastest first lap at 15:02.516 to set the tone for the day. His lap-2 time check was 30:15, still the fastest, but even though he finished with a time of 1:00:35, that time would not hold as Ashley Cox set a new fastest lap time of 14:44, and the speeds just kept getting faster.

Dowsett, the obvious favourite for the championship event, having won four times before, set the fastest lap time of the day at 13:42. His halfway split was 27:00 and three-lap split was 41:42, and it was clear the he would go under the one-hour mark. It was the fastest three-lap split of the day by over a minute.

Richard Handley (ONE Procycling) as the first rider to break one hour, finishing at 59:09. His teammate Peter Williams came in quicker, though, at 58:15. Perry was even faster but it was Gullen who took the hot seat, as they all waited for Dowsett to cross the line for the victory in 55:38

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar Team0:55:38
2James Gullen (GBr) Pedal Heaven0:01:16
3Ryan Perry (GBr) Langdale Lightweights Racing Team0:02:14
4Peter Williams (GBr) One Pro Cycling0:02:37
5Richard Handley (GBr) One Pro Cycling0:03:31
6Samuel Harrison (GBr) Team Wiggins0:03:33
7Lloyd Chapman (GBr) Pedal Heaven0:03:58
8Ashley Cox (GBr) CC Luton0:04:07
9Andrew Tennant (GBr) Team Wiggins0:04:21
10Rhys Howells (GBr) Richardsons-Trek RT0:04:26
11Matt Clinton (GBr) Mike Vaughan Cycles0:04:46
12Liam Bromiley (GBr) University of Bath Cycling Club0:04:57
13Joshua Teasdale (GBr) Prorace Cycling Team0:05:26
14Ioan Smallwood (GBr) Cardiff Ajax CC0:05:29
15Dean Robson (GBr) Nopinz0:05:44
16Simon Wilson (GBr) Bikehaus by Ridley0:05:46
17Kristian House (GBr) One Pro Cycling0:06:17
18Robert Moore (GBr) Nuun-Sigma Sport-London RT0:06:35
19Elliott Porter (GBr) Neon-Velo Cycling Team0:06:38
20George Fox (GBr) Wellingborough Cycles Race Team0:06:56
21Chris Smart (GBr) GTR0:07:41
22Alexander Colman (GBr) Arrow Cycles0:07:44
23Ed Porteus (GBr) St Neots CC0:07:52
24William Bjergfelt (GBr) Neon-Velo Cycling Team0:07:59
25Danny Grieves (GBr) GS Metro0:08:09
26Daniel Halksworth (GBr) Velo Sport Jersey0:09:02
27Dean Penfold (GBr)0:09:28
28Andrew Hall (GBr) GS Metro0:12:40
29Christopher Bates (GBr) RPD Racing0:12:42
30Graeme Carter (GBr) Stockton Wheelers CC0:13:19
31Peter Greenan (GBr) Ferryhill Wheelers CC0:18:16

 

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