Alex Dowsett signs Movistar contract extension

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Alex Dowsett signs a new deal at Movistar which will keep him with the Spanish team until 2017.

Dowsett has impressed over the last couple of years and even has a Grand Tour stage victory to his name.

Giro d'Italia

The Briton took part in the Giro d'Italia in 2013 which was his Grand Tour debut and he managed to win stage eight's individual time trial.

2013 also saw him win the National Time Trial Championships for the third time in his career. Unfortunately this year he could only manage to cross the line in third place with Sir Bradley Wiggins securing the title for the season.

Dowsett has been at Movistar since the 2013 season and according to Sky Sports the 25 year old was very pleased to be with the team for another three years.

Dowsett said: "3 more years with @Movistar-Team, will be fluent in Spanish by 2017! #happyaslarry."

Movistar will expect big things from the young Briton who has done well so far this season. He won gold in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in the individual time trial as well as finishing eighth in the general classification of the Tour of Britain.

Quality within the team

Dowsett will now continue to ride with top riders such as Nairo Quintana and Alejandro Valverde which in my opinion is great for his career because with top class cyclists around him he can improve and become one of the best riders in the world.

Quintana and Valverde will be able to give him a lot of support and guidance when taking part in future Grand Tours and this advice will be key if he is going to make it as a Grand Tour rider. He may even be in a Grand Tour winning team in the future.

With one three week stage race under his belt already, I would like to see him take part in the Tour de France in 2015 but with limited places in each squad he will have to perform to the highest level in the months leading up to the race.

Dowsett is certainly good enough to make it into any Grand Tour squad and is more than capable of winning the time trials which he showed in the Giro last year and it wouldn't surprise me if Team Sky tried to sign him again in the future as he is a young British talent that could do great things in the world of road cycling.

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