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A Cycling Career Extended

British cyclist Alex Dowsett thought his cycling career was winding down. Then Dowsett, who has hemophilia, won Stage 8 of the Giro d’Italia.



What a difference a race day makes.

In October, pro cyclist Alex Dowsett won Stage 8 of the Giro d’Italia and changed his personal trajectory. Instead of departing pro cycling, at 32, he was popping champagne. Following the accomplishment in Italy, Dowsett recently announced on YouTube that he signed a two-year agreement to race for Israel Start-Up Nation.

“I think it’s going to be really exciting to be a part of,” Dowsett said.

See the full announcement above.

Throughout his career, Dowsett has attracted a social media following on both Instagram and YouTube. His team announcement received more than 55,000 views on YouTube. Last week, he used Instagram to share that he took his first ride after recovering from COVID-19. He also posted a video showing him infusing Factor VIII for Hemophilia A, part of his usual routine.

Dowsett previously founded a nonprofit for kids with bleeding disorders and has served as a spokesperson for the Plasma Protein Therapeutics Association to raise awareness about the need for plasma donations. Donated plasma, a component of blood, is used to make treatments for hemophilia and other rare diseases.