Alex’s Story

Alex Dowsett is a British professional cyclist who rides for Team Katusha-Alpecin and Great Britain. Alongside being a five time National Time Trial Champion and Former World Hour Record Holder, Alex is the only known elite professional sportsman with haemophilia.

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Cycling career…

After picking up a race bike when he was 13, Alex quickly discovered a talent he wasn’t aware he had. Fast tracked through the Great Britain talent development squad, Alex signed with professional cycling team Sky in 2011 before heading to Spanish team Movistar in 2013. With Movistar, Alex won a time trial stage of the Giro d’Italia and conquered the World Hour Record - no small feat! Alex can look back on five national time trial titles and now races for Katusha-Alpecin on the world circuit.

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Time Trial Success

Alex is known as a time trial specialist and has had many wins in this discipline across his career. He competed for England in the 2010 and 2014 Commonwealth Games and won silver and gold medals, he is a five time British National Champion and Giro d’Italia stage winner. In 2015 Alex set the World Hour Record and has his eyes set on taking this again in 2020. Watch this space!

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New World Record

In December 2014, Alex announced he would attempt to break the UCI Hour Record at the Manchester Velodrome on the 2nd of May 2015. He set a new world record of 52.937 kilometres, beating the previous record by almost half a kilometre. In 2015, Alex competed in his first Tour de France although he had to withdraw on the 12th stage after failing to overcome an elbow injury sustained in an early stage. He has once again been selected for the 2019 Tour de France.

Alex Dowsett Teenager

Alex’s Mum & Dad’s story

There was no history of haemophilia in the family so it came as a shock when Alex, at the age of 18 months was diagnosed after a fall and cutting the inside of his mouth and the bleeding did not stop.

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