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Russell Downing wins Beaumont Trophy

14:37 2nd July 2012 by Timothy John
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Russell Downing (Endura Racing) cruised to victory in the Beaumont Trophy on Sunday (July 1).

The Yorkshireman won the 60th edition of the historic race in an exciting weekend that saw Sarah Storey (Escentual for Viored) win the Curlew Cup women’s race.

Downing said: “We’re having a great season. British cycling has become a lot more professional – the teams really know what they’re doing.”

Second and third were taken by Chris Opie (Team UK Youth) and Marcin Bialoblocki (NODE4-Giordana Racing).

Organiser, Peter Harrison, said: “To win in its 60th year is a well-deserved prize for Downing after great ride.”

Downing’s victory extended Endura Racing’s 100 per cent record in this year’s Premier Calendar.

Endura Racing’s Alexandre Blain won the Premier Calendar’s opening round at the Maldon Dengie Tour, while teammate Johnny McEvoy took the final stage and overall victory in the three-stage following round, the Tour Doon Hame.

National road race champion, Scott Thwaites took another Premier Calendar victory with a win at the Tour of the Reservoir, after winning the second stage of the Tour Doon Hame, while Downing triumphed at the fourth round Lincoln Grand Prix.

Sunday’s points race was won in impressive style by Pete Williams (NODE4-Giordana Racing) while the king of the mountains prize was taken by Evan Oliphant (Team Raleigh-GAC).

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