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Dowsett ready for lead out role in ‘stressful’ contract year at Israel Start-Up Nation

Dowsett ready for lead out role in 'stressful' contract year at Israel Start-Up Nation

Alex Dowsett will have a key role in the Israel Start-Up Nation lead out train for newly acquired sprinter Giacomo Nizzolo in 2022, as he…

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Alex Dowsett will have a key role in the Israel Start-Up Nation lead out train for newly acquired sprinter Giacomo Nizzolo in 2022, as he heads into his 12th season in the peloton, which is also a contract year for the British rider.

Dowsett told Cyclingnews that he is ready for possibly hanging up his bike next winter but he hopes to continue racing.

"It’ll be a contract year so it’s always a bit more stressful than other years. I’ll try to not let that affect the racing in a negative way," Dowsett told Cyclingnews at Israel Start-Up Nation’s post-season camp in Israel earlier this month.

"The way the markets going as well, with young rider being more fashionable now, it could be done and dusted at the end of next year. I’ll be 34 and I’d be okay with that. I’d quite like to eke out another year or two after that but cycling is always changing and evolving, and you’ve got to roll with it.

"I think the tide will turn and teams realise that experience counts for a lot as well large watts per kilo and functional threshold power – simple numbers don’t always win bike races."

Dowsett is a six-time national time trial champion and double Giro d’Italia stage winner. He turned professional with Team Sky in 2011 and has ridden for Movistar and Katusha, using his time skills in a variety of roles as he gained years of experience at WorldTour level.

In early November he attempted to beat Victor […]

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