Road World Championships: Alex Dowsett backs Sir Bradley Wiggins for time trial glory
Alex Dowsett says Sir Bradley Wiggins is the man to beat in the Road World Championship time trial.
Last Updated: 25/09/13 1:31pm
Wiggins and reigning champion Tony Martin are clear favourites with the bookmakers for the 57.9km race from Montecatini Terme to Florence, with four-time winner Fabian Cancellara also a strong contender.
2012 Tour de France winner Wiggins goes into the race on his best form of the season, having won last week's Tour of Britain, and former Team Sky team-mate Dowsett, the current British time trial champion, feels he has what it takes to win in Tuscany.
"It was nice to recce the course with Brad," Dowsett said. "Having been up against him a few times this year, it is nice to be on the same team now. We shared some tips and advice on how to get the best out of it.
"I feel pretty good and hopefully looking forward to a good result tomorrow. I was eighth last year and it would be nice to improve on that, but I think Brad's the man to beat.
"The Tour of Britain didn't go to plan for me. I was ill beforehand but I felt like it got better day by day. I'm not entirely sure how it is going to go but I am confident I can get everything out of myself."
Dowsett claimed the biggest win of his career by triumphing on one of two individual time trials at the Giro d'Italia in May and followed that up by retaining his British time trial title in June.
They have been the highlights of a debut season with the Spanish team Movistar that has otherwise failed to live up to expectation, with Dowsett struggling in the spring Classics and then seeing his Tour of Britain campaign disrupted by illness.
However, he is happy with his condition going into the world time trial and believes he could be a good outside bet for a medal.
"Tomorrow, if I have a really good day I can be in with a shout of medals," he said. "I just want to get to the finish line and know I couldn't give any more.
"The beauty of the time trial is, although you are racing everyone else, essentially you are just racing yourself against the clock. If I finish and feel like I couldn't have done any more then I am going to be satisfied.
"Every time trial I go into I want to win, whether they be mountains or short prologues, but whether it is realistic is a different question altogether."
This year's world time trial course is almost entirely flat and while there are technical sections at the start and finish, the bulk of the race will be played out on long, straight road.
It has similarities with the course on which Dowsett won at the Giro and he is hopeful that could work in his favour.
"Going into the Giro time trial, I didn't think that would have suited me at all and obviously that went fairly well for me, so I feel like am a fairly versatile time trialist and can turn my hand to anything," he added.
"This course requires a lot of concentration. There are really long stretches of just flat - nothingness, where you have to keep the speed high and put a lot of power down. That is something I am pretty good at."