Alex Dowsett leaves Team Sky for Movistar

Team Sky rider Alex Dowsett joins Movistar on a two-year contract.

Alex Dowsett has announced that he is leaving Team Sky to join Movistar.

The British time trial champion becomes the third person to exit the team in a week following the fallout from the sport's doping scandal.

Sporting director Steven De Jongh and race coach Bobby Julich both stepped down after admitting to taking performance-enhancing drugs in the wake of the Lance Armstrong controversy.

Dowsett said: "This isn't a decision I have taken lightly. Sky is a fantastic team and I was flattered that they wanted me to stay but I have a new opportunity and a new chapter of my career."

The rider has agreed a two-year contract with the Spanish team ahead of the 2013 season.

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