The day Dowsett shocked Wiggins at the 2013 Giro d'Italia – Video

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 British Alex Dowsett celebrates on the podium winning the 555kms eigth stage of the 96th Giro dItalia time trial from Gabicce Mare to Saltara on May 11 2013 in Saltara ItalyBriton Alex Dowsett took the honours ahead of compatriot Bradley Wiggins in the Tour of Italys eighth stage time trial on Saturday with Italian Vincenzo Nibali inheriting the leaders pink jersey AFP PHOTO LUK BENIES Photo credit should read LUK BENIESAFP via Getty Images
British Alex Dowsett celebrates on the podium winning the 555kms eigth stage of the 96th Giro dItalia time trial from Gabicce Mare to Saltara on May 11 2013 in Saltara ItalyBriton Alex Dowsett took the honours ahead of compatriot Bradley Wiggins in the Tour of Italys eighth stage time trial on Saturday with Italian Vincenzo Nibali inheriting the leaders pink jersey AFP PHOTO LUK BENIES Photo credit should read LUK BENIESAFP via Getty Images

Alex Dowsett came into the 2013 Giro d’Italia as a Grand Tour novice having left Team Sky over the winter owing to a lack of opportunities. 

When he signed for Movistar at the end of 2012 the transfer raised eyebrows, not least with Dowsett’s own family, but just over a week into his Grand Tour debut the Essex rider had notched up the biggest win of his career after he beat Bradley Wiggins in the long stage 8 Saltara time trial. 

Wiggins came into the Giro as the reigning Tour de France champion and the Team Sky leader had clear ambitions on winning a second major stage race. The 54.8km time trial was supposed to act as Wiggins’ launchpad for the maglia rosa but it was Dowsett who came away with a famous win after Wiggins suffered a mechanical and failed to bring himself back on terms with the young Dowsett.

In this inCycle video, Dowsett talks about his win and what it meant for his career.

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