Dowsett eclipses Wiggins to take Giro d'Italia time trial

11 May 2013 / 17:37

Great Britain's Alex Dowsett powered to the biggest win of his career with a time trial victory at the Giro d'Italia.

The national champion set the early pace over the 54km course but then had to wait for another 162 riders to finish before his stage eight victory was confirmed.

He came home ten seconds ahead of second placed Sir Bradley Wiggins, who was forced to change his bike after suffering a puncture.

Wiggins jumps from 23rd to fourth overall but he is still 1:16 minutes behind new race leader Vincenzo Nibali, who produced a strong time trial performance to finish fourth, conceding just 11 seconds to last year's Tour de France winner.

“I think there was some initial disappointment because I wanted to win the stage," admitted Wiggins.

"It’s been a challenging few days with the crash yesterday and then to come back up. It wasn’t an easy course.

"I’ve said all along that it wasn’t one of those ones where you could take three or four minutes out of people because it was so technical at the start.

"Then obviously to have a puncture and have to change bikes and disrupt the rhythm is never going to help.

"But then the second part of the course was really suited to me and I took back a lot of time on people there. It is what it is and it’s put us right back up there now. It’s going to be a hell of a race for the next two weeks."

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