Movistar rider Alex Dowsett becomes first-ever consecutive three-time British National Champion after overcoming a crash and a bike change in the first half of the Ayrshire course

Blood, sweat and tears were needed for Alex Dowsett to claim a historic title in British cycling. The Movistar Team rider took the telephone squad's 20th success of the 2013 season by winning the National Time Trial Championship for the third time in a now, a success never previously achieved.

The Essex rider clocked a great time in the unofficial intermediate time at the first of two laps (48th) in Ayrshire, southeast Scotland, but a crash before reaching the line for the first time caused him bruises in both arms and legs and forced him to change his bike, seeing his 30-second margin against nearest contender Matthew Botrill (Drag2Zero) reduced to just five seconds.

Dowsett bounced back after the double misfortune and made a second part of his time trial full of class and courage, winning with 21 seconds ahead of silver-medal Bottrill and the same time over Ben Swift (Sky), who claimed bronze. Dowsett will still tackle another challenge on Scottish soil this Sunday: the 178-kilometer British national road race on a circuit in and around Glasgow.

Report from Movistar Team Blog News