- Published: Saturday, 16 May 2015 15:19
- Written by Jamie Naragon
A glorious Saturday overall for the Movistar Team started in south Germany as Alex Dowsett claimed his first road victory of 2015 exactly two weeks after smashing the UCI Hour Record in the Manchester velodrome. The Essex-based rider became the new leader of the Bayern-Rundfahrt after snatching the decisive, 26km TT in Hassfurt by the smallest of margins (1"45) over Portuguese stageracer Tiago Machado (KAT), whom he was leading by only two seconds through the intermediate point.
The Blues' good references, with Javi Moreno in an early second place, helped the 26-year-old Briton, who got back in yellow eight months after his one-day lead in the Tour of Britain. Dowsett became the tenth rider to score a win in Movistar Team colours this season by a few minutes over team-mate Beñat Intxausti, adding up to a victory tally that increases to 22 with the duo's combined success in Germany and the Giro d'Italia. A 198km stage from Hassfurt to Nürnberg, with bonus seconds available at both the intermediate sprints and the finish, is on Dowsett's way to his first GC victory as pro.