Can Alex Dowsett win the opening stage at this year’s Tour?

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Movistar rider Alex Dowsett says winning the yellow jersey in the opening stage of the Tour De France would be ‘career defining’.

The British rider who missed the Tour last year through injury said: “Winning stage one and taking the yellow jersey would be career-defining. If that is all you had on your CV, you could be more than satisfied.”

But he admits the technical 13.8km course through the town of Utrecht could be won by any number of riders.

Dowsett said: “I think you will likely still see the [time-trial] specialists at the sharp end of the results list, but the problem with a short time trial is a lot more riders become a threat and would be motivated for it.”

Could this be a familiar sight this Saturday in Utrecht? Could this be a familiar sight this Saturday in Utrecht?

Dowsett is now a four time British national champion after his most recent win last week. And…

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