Top-10 finish a surprise - Dowsett

British cyclist Alex Dowsett says he is surprised to have finished eighth in the men's time trial at the World Road Cycling Championships.

Commonwealth silver medallist Dowsett was Britain's only representative in the 45.7km elite men's event following the withdrawal of Chris Froome.

The 23-year-old finished a place ahead of Spain's two-time Tour de France winner Alberto Contador but insists there is still room for improvement.

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