In contrast to what Alex Dowsett had initially said, the Israel Premier Tech rider has decided to end his career as a pro cyclist. With the end of the 2022 season, his contract with the team is also coming to an end. It looks like he is not looking forward to extending his contract or landing a new contract. Instead, he is more focused on what the future has in store for him.
Dowsett made the announcement through his YouTube channel, where he said in a video message:
I’m going to step out of the WorldTour, well step out of pro cycling, from now, I understand a couple of months ago I said I wanted a couple more years. It’s worth talking about what’s changed since then.
The 33-year-old is very content with his performance so far. He has quite a handful of seasons to remember, but he feels that 2022 has enabled him to achieve things more than he did in the past. Maybe he wants to stop while his record is good. He said:
I feel it’s a very nice point to stop this chapter of my life and move forwards. I’m grateful I get to bring this to a close on my terms, it’s my decision, and nothing has been forced.
Alex had already been trying his luck apart from the WorldTour. He took part in the World Hour Record in 2021, but could not manage to overcome the 55.089 kilometers record of Victor Campenaerts. He also competed in the Ironman world records.
One of the favorite works to do for the British rider is helping other people out by giving them free advice. As he said:
I’m looking forward to actually being able to help more people go faster, with some business plans we have, and not being worried that I’m helping people beat me but just enjoying helping people go faster
Although he did not specify what he has in mind, we can assure you whatever he does, will involve two wheels in it. Alex gave a vivid idea of his future plan:
My future is still going to be on two wheels, this isn’t a retirement from cycling. This is a retirement from the WorldTour
Alex achieved the status of a pro rider in 2011. He was riding for the team, Team Sky, at the time. His long list of achievements includes a two-stage win at the Giro d’Italia. He also won the British TT title six times. In 2015, he overtook the World Hour Record for a short period of time.
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