Alex Dowsett has signed a two-year contract extension at Israel Begin-Up Nation. The reigning British time trial champion is ready to focus on the UCI Hour Report on December 12, however the information of a contract extension secures Dowsett’s long-term future.
The 32-year-old was out of contract on the finish of this season and spoke overtly within the Autumn concerning the difficulties of discovering a workforce for 2021. A number of WorldTour groups are set to fold or downgrade subsequent season and with a flooded market, Dowsett was unclear over his future.
Nevertheless, a surprising stage win within the Giro d’Italia in October reminded the biking world of Dowsett’s pedigree and the truth that he should not be pigeonholed as only a time trial specialist. Over the subsequent two years, he’ll unfold his efforts, racing towards the clock but in addition driving as a part of Israel Begin-Up Nation’s lead-out practice and supporting the workforce’s GC ambitions in main stage races. Dowsett may also act as an integral a part of the squad’s workforce time trial core and can assist to go on his invaluable expertise within the self-discipline.
Israel Begin-Up Nation have signed a number of excessive profile riders for 2021. Chris Froome joins from Ineos Grenadiers and can goal a fifth Tour de France title subsequent yr. Patrick Bevin and Alessandro De Marchi arrive from CCC Crew, whereas Michael Woods will lead in Grand Excursions and one-day races after transferring from EF Professional Biking. Carl Fredrik Hagen joins from Lotto Soudal, and Daryl Impey will transfer throughout from Mitchelton-Scott and turn out to be the workforce’s highway captain. Sep Vanmarcke has been signed to enhance the workforce’s cobbled Classics choices.
“I am very happy to be staying with Israel Begin-Up Nation for an additional two years,” Dowsett informed Cyclingnews.
“It has been a tricky yr and even a Giro stage win helped however did not actually get the cellphone ringing as folks anticipated it to, however it is a actually thrilling workforce to be a part of. Chris Froome is becoming a member of and that is huge.
“In the event you take a look at the place this workforce was final yr after which a yr and a half later we’re on the cusp of getting one of many strongest groups within the WorldTour. It is an unbelievable price of development and it’s extremely cool to be a part of that. The workforce had been so slick within the Giro in comparison with the workforce that was nonetheless discovering its ft in Tour Down Beneath.”
In a press release launched by the workforce, Dowsett mentioned: “Being on the highway with the workforce is nice enjoyable. I am sometimes called a time trial specialist, and it will endlessly be a self-discipline I like, however I really feel I am of way more worth to a workforce for my strengths as a lead-out man. The workforce we had for UAE, Tirreno, and the Giro was so cohesive and such a pleasure to be part of. That is what I am most enthusiastic about for the upcoming two years.
“From the skin, it is clear ISN is without doubt one of the most enjoyable up-and-coming groups. With the energy of the signings for subsequent yr, together with Bevin, Vanmarcke, Woods, De Marchi, and naturally, Chris Froome, it will likely be fairly one thing to be a part of a workforce with ambitions to match the signings. I will be taking part in a loyal supporting position to those guys and the sprinters all year long. When your teammate wins, you’re feeling prefer it’s a win for everybody.
“For my very own private ambitions – I wish to make historical past for the entire hemophilia neighborhood by being chosen for, competing in and medaling within the Tokyo Olympics in 2021. I’ll quickly be taking over the Hour file, one thing I’ve wished to do since my profitable try in 2015.”