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"I'd say it’s 50/50 whether I'm going to go or not. I'm good on the flat, not very good on the climbs. If I don't go I wont be happy but I'll know I've done everything I can within the time frame."

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27.06.2015 @ 15:24 Posted by Joseph Doherty

After taking his National TT for a record fourth time, Alex Dowsett says there is a 50/50 chance that he will ride the Tour de France with his Movistar team.


"I'd say it’s 50/50 whether I'm going to go or not," Dowsett told Cyclingnews after pulling on his fourth national champion's jersey. "I'm good on the flat, not very good on the climbs. If I don't go I wont be happy but I'll know I've done everything I can within the time frame."


He says his Hour Record attempt may have hindered him as it took so much out of him. Yet he showed that he can still be successful, taking his first GC win just a few months after at Bayern Rundfahrt.


"My problem is that everyone has been preparing all year for the Tour de France," he said. "The only thing I should have done differently is not doing the Hour, if I wanted a pure focus on the Tour.”


"I wouldn’t have changed this year at all but the Hour record took some getting over. My body composition was different than I expected, I was 3-4 kilos heavier, had a lot of muscle on me that I didn't need for going up a mountain, so it's been difficult turning that around."


He harshly assessed himself after guiding Valverde through the Dauphine and Quintana at the Route du Sud.


"In both races I was very good on the flat," he told Cyclingnews. "I could keep Valverde and Quintana up the near the front when they needed to be, which I know went down well.”


"But in the Dauphiné I was useless on the climbs, but then better in the Route du Sud. So [there was] improvement but it's just whether it's enough."


"I've done everything in my power. If nothing else happens this year, I've won my first stage race, I've won a stage of a stage race, I've won nationals, taken the Hour record. It's been a good season if nothing else happens.”




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