DOWNING COMMITS

Premier Calendar winner Russell Downing will stay with the CandiTV-Pinarello team for next season.

The team will target more continental racing next year, after riding well in Majorca and Norway this season.

The team has also signed Graham Briggs and Dale Appleby (from Rapha Condor) and James Sampson from Kinesis.

LAMBERT TO HALFORDS

Keith Lambert, former British professional who was twice national road race champion, will manage the enlarged Halfords Bikehut team next season.

The 61-year-old Yorkshireman rode for Falcon, Holdsworth and Viking during a racing career that spanned from 1971 to 1987.

He then forged a reputation as one of the most respected managers in the thriving British pro scene in the 1980s ? running the Banana-Falcon team. Lambert was also manager of the dominant Brite team in the late 1990s and the Linda McCartney squad at the turn of the decade.

Shane Sutton said: ?We were looking at ways to bring Keith in. He?s got so much experience and knowledge. There?s no one who reads a GC sheet better than him. Tactically he is spot on. For successive years we?ve sent teams to the junior Tour of Ireland and the young lads come back saying they?ve had the best experience, so we wanted to make use of what Keith can bring. Halfords Bikehut and Keith is the perfect partnership.?

Lambert will be in charge of national champion Rob Hayles, team pursuit world record holder Ed Clancy and former British Cycling Academy riders Andy Tennant and Mark McNally.

BRITISH CERVELO PROS IN SWITZERLAND

Dan Fleeman, Dan Lloyd, Roger Hammond and Jeremy Hunt will join up with the new Cervélo Test Team for the squad?s first get-together at Lago Maggiore near the Italian-Swiss border at the end of the month.

They will have a week from November 30 to December 5 to find out the plans for the 2009 season and take delivery of their training bike and kit.

BRITS IN NEW ZEALAND

The Tour of Southland stage race in New Zealand yesterday, with a 64km stage from Winton to Invercargill.

Britons Andrew Eagles (Hudson Gavin Martin) and Mark Matthews (South West Helicopters) finished 46th and 83rd, 46:18 and 1:57:44 respectively behind race-winner Hayden Roulston (The Southland Times-Trek).

CLARKE IN JAPAN

Britain?s Dave Clarke (Team Nordland-Hamburg) finished 16th overall in the Tour de Okinawa stage race in Japan yesterday, 2:26 behind race-winner, Yukiya Arashiro.

Clarke also won the mountains classification.

SWIFT DUO IMPRESS

The Swift Racing duo of Helen Wyman and Gabriella Day impressed yesterday at the third round of the cyclo-cross World Cup in Pijnacker, Netherlands.

Wyman?s ?cross results have been steadily improving, with a strong 6th place yesterday, only 0:52 behind race-winner and World Cup leader, Hanka Kupfernagel.

Day was 17th, whilst fellow Briton Nikki Harris was 23rd.

Wyman and Day now lie 10th and 17th overall in the World Cup standings.

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BRITS IN BELGIUM

Britons David Collins (Science In Sport Trek) and Keith Murray were in action in Belgium on Saturday at the Vlaamse Houtlandcross Eernegem ?cross race.

Collins and Murray finished a respectable 24th and 36th.

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