Dowsett takes ad­van­tage of Wiggins’ ab­sence to re­claim Bri­tish crown

The Herald - Sport - - CYCLING - MATT MCGEE­HAN

ALEX DOWSETT won a fourth elite Bri­tish time-trial ti­tle yesterday with a dom­i­nant dis­play at Cad­well Park in Lin­colnshire.

The 26-year-old from Mal­don, Es­sex, suc­ceeded the ab­sent Sir Bradley Wiggins as Bri­tish cham­pion and drew level with Stu­art Danger­field’s record haul of time-trial crowns.

Wiggins, who is now con­cen­trat­ing on the track in his bid for a fifth Olympic gold in Rio next sum­mer, won at Celtic Manor last year and claimed the world ti­tle last Septem­ber. Dowsett, whose hour record was bro­ken by Wiggins ear­lier this month, is next week hop­ing to ride in his first Tour de France with Mo­vis­tar.

Com­mon­wealth Games cham­pion Dowsett was favourite to re­claim the ti­tle he won for three suc­ces­sive years from 2011 to 2013 and fin­ished the 45-kilo­me­tres course in 1:00.11 to win by 3:31.12 sec­onds. Ed Brad­bury was sec­ond and Ryan Perry third, 3:51.15 be­hind. Dowsett was de­lighted to win the white jersey with red and blue bands again. “It’s lovely to get it back,” Dowsett told british­cy­cling.org.uk.

“I couldn’t have lost it to a more tal­ented guy last year in Brad, but it’s nice to have it back.”

Hay­ley Sim­monds won the cor­re­spond­ing women’s race. She won the 34km event in 51:39.89, with Molly Weaver 1:18.29 be­hind in sec­ond and 11-time Par­a­lympic cham­pion Dame Sarah Storey third, 1:20.72 be­hind. Sim­monds said: “It’s com­pletely over­whelm­ing – I’ve worked re­ally hard for this.”

Scot­tish duo Lucy Cold­well and Katie Archibald came fourth and sixth re­spec­tively.

The men’s un­der-23 time-trial, con­tested over 34km, was won by de­fend­ing cham­pion Scott Davies in 47:20.32. Owain Doull was sec­ond in 47:26.53 and Tao Geoghe­gan Hart third in 47:37.90.

The men’s and women’s road races, slated to fea­ture de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Laura Trott and Pete Ken­naugh, take place in Lin­coln on Sun­day.

DOWSETT: ‘I couldn’t have lost it to a more tal­ented guy last year in Brad, but it’s nice to have it back’

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