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Alex Dowsett maps out Team Sky future

Alex Dowsett
Alex Dowsett won the 2010 European Under-23 time trial in Turkey

Commonwealth Games silver medallist Alex Dowsett plans to concentrate on time trials in his first year at Team Sky next season.

Dowsett, who came second in the men's 40km event in Delhi, hopes to focus on the discipline ahead of London 2012.

"The time trial looks like it's going to be my strongest event, so we can progress that on," he told BBC Essex.

"If I get selected for London, I'm not going to beat around the bush, I'd like to go for a medal for sure."

The 22-year-old from Cock Clarks, near Chelmsford, will officially join Team Sky on 1 January 2011.

He added: "It's unreal really, I had a couple of rough years when I entered the senior category.

"I never envisaged going pro like this, so it's a real honour to be a part of it."

Long-term, Dowsett is targeting the ultimate road race challenge, the Tour de France, but says plans for that are on hold for now.

"Teams don't like to put riders of my age into those big tours right from the start," he said.

"It's three weeks, over a hundred miles a day, racing at the highest level, it's often considered a bit much for your first or second year in the pro ranks.

"I'll certainly be doing some races that are a week, maybe two weeks long, maybe the Tour of Britain next year."

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