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by Shane Stokes
August 22, 2017
In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Nibali wins stage 3 of the Vuelta a España, Froome takes red jersey; Lawless wins stage 4 of the Tour de l’Avenir; Froome surprised to take race lead so soon; Contador: ‘I don’t know what happened – I had very bad sensations’; Majka rues lost time after off day; Tom-Jelte Slagter signs for Dimension Data, team says his best is yet to come; Alex Dowsett to slot into Kittel’s leadout train at Katusha-Alpecin, also has own ambitions; Sabrina Stultiens returns to WM3; Gary West remembered; Video: Artemis World Cycle Week 6 Wrap: Through Australia and onto New Zealand
Coming on board in part to aid the leadout train of Marcel Kittel, Alex Dowsett has said that his move to Team Katusha should also see him aiming for strong performances in stage races and Grand Tours. The move to the team was announced on Monday and will see the five-time British national time trial champion transfer from Movistar to the Swiss team.
“It’s so exciting for me to join this team,” he said. “I had five amazing seasons with Movistar but it is time for a change and I look forward to joining Team Katusha-Alpecin. Every team has a different approach and I feel I can learn a lot.”
The 28-year-old is a former world time trial champion and his ability against the clock was a draw for team manager José Azevedo. “Alex is one of the best time trial riders in the professional peloton. We see nice opportunities with him to bring horse power to the team in the team time trials,” he said. “Moreover, because of his TT skills, he is able to win stage races, as he has proved already in the past. Alex is still young but he has a lot of experience. I have a good feeling about him.”
Winner of 15 races over the past seven years, including a stage in the Giro d’Italia plus the overall in the Bayern Rundfahrt, Dowsett said that he has his own ambitions. “I will continue to focus on my time trial but also all other races, especially stage races, including the Grand Tours, are important for me,” he said. “I know that I will get my chances but I am ready to be a good domestique. In my period with Team Sky, I was one of the riders to protect Mark Cavendish and bring him to the last kilometre. I hope to do the same now with Marcel Kittel.”