- Published: Sunday, 17 May 2015 15:39
- Written by Jamie Naragon
It got as close as it could be to a 'comfortable' defense for Alex Dowsett as the 26-year-old Briton conquered the 36th edition of Bayern-Rundfahrt (UCI 2.HC) in south Germany following the final circuits in Nürnberg (198km). The whole Movistar Team led the Essex boy home brilliantly, with all Soler, Sanz, Capecchi, Moreno, Anacona and Sütterlin - combined with sports direction by José Luis Arrieta and José Luis Laguía - entirely focused on the UCI Hour Record holder's success.
A five-man break avoided any of the three intermediate sprints being contested by Dowsett's nearest rival Tiago Machado (KAT), which meant he only had to keep any gaps into the final bunck kick tight to conserve the yellow jersey. It's Alex's 10th pro victory - his first overall classification after 24-hour stints in yellow at both the Circuit de la Sarthe and the Tour of Britain last year - and also the Movistar Team's 23rd success of the 2015 season, only thirteen short of their best record in 1998 with almost five months of competitions still to come.