Briton tackles the cobbles for Movistar

Alex Dowsett (Movistar) looks set to make his grand tour debut later this year at the Giro d'Italia. The British time trial specialist crashed out of yesterday's Dwars Door Vlaanderen and despite taking a knock to one of his knees, will look to race this weekend's Gent-Wevelgem before competing in both the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix.

Dowsett moved to Movistar at the start of 2013 after two years at Team Sky. The signing caught many by surprise given Sky's understandable desire to sign British riders. However Dowsett often found himself on the fringes of the team as they focused primarily on the Grand Tours, and while injuries certainly were a factor, when Movistar offered him a more substantial race programme Dowsett jumped at the opportunity.

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