Joe Robinson

13 Nov 2020

British rider extends WorldTour stay for further two years

British rider Alex Dowsett is set to remain in the WorldTour after agreeing on a two-year contract extension with Israel Start-Up Nation.

The 32-year-old earned the Israeli team’s first Grand Tour stage win earlier this year at the Giro d’Italia and will remain with the set-up as a support rider for incoming signings Chris Froome and Michael Woods.

‘Being on the road with the team is great fun. I’m often referred to as a time-trial specialist, and it’ll forever be a discipline I love, but I feel I’m of far more value to a team for my strengths as a lead-out man,’ said Dowsett on the announcement.

‘The team we had for UAE, Tirreno and the Giro was so cohesive and such a joy to be a part of. This is what I’m most excited about for the upcoming two years.

‘From the outside, it’s clear ISN is one of the most exciting up-and-coming teams. With the strength of the signings for next year, including Bevin, Vanmarcke, Woods, De Marchi, and of course, Chris Froome, it will be quite something to be part of a team with ambitions to match the signings.

‘I’ll be playing a loyal supporting role to these guys and the sprinters throughout the year. When your teammate wins, you feel like it’s a win for everyone.’

Team owner Sylvain Adams noted Dowsett’s history-making victory at the Giro, congratulating him on his contract renewal.

‘I am pleased that Alex has renewed his contract with Israel Start-up Nation. Alex has many valuable qualities. Of course, Alex made history by winning Israel Start-Up Nation’s first Grand Tour stage,’ said Adams.

‘But as importantly, he’s a great teammate, with leadership qualities that motivate and guide his fellow riders. He is truly appreciated by his teammates and the management of our team.’

Beyond working for the team’s leaders next season, Dowsett revealed his personal ambition for the 2021 season will be targetting a medal at the postponed Tokyo Olympics.

This will also come after his recently announced Hour Record bid set for 12th December at the Manchester Velodrome.

The rider from Essex previously held the record in 2015 with a distance of 52.937km and will now look to topple Victor Campenaerts’s 55.039km set in Mexico in 2019.

Source: Cycling – Cyclist