SWIFT AND DOWNING SHINE AT SACHSEN TOUR

Ben Swift took eighth place on the final stage of the Sachsen Tour in Germany as the GB squad raced for the last time before Beijing.

Swift, Jonny Bellis and Chris Newton were joined for the five-stage tour by riders from Rapha-Condor-Recycling, with Dean Downing taking what he described as the biggest win of his career. Downing sprinted clear of an eight-man break at the end of the 242km second stage to claim the leaders jersey.

Team Columbia made a clean sweep of the overall, with Bert Grabsch, Michael Rogers and Tony Martin taking the first three places respectively, while Roger Hammond finished 27th for the American squad and will now join the GB Olympic holding camp in Newport.

GLENDENE JUNIORS DOMINATE BATH ROAD RACE

Glendene CC ruled the roost in the Bath Road Race, the latest round of the national series for juniors, taking all three podium positions.

David Nichols led home Joe Perrett and Nathan Edmonson after the trio had broken clear of the field on the final climb.

GIBB BAGS BLACKBURN GP

Tony Gibb went from the gun in the Blackburn GP to finish 15 seconds clear of Rapha Condor?s Graham Briggs.

The Plowman Craven captain caught the field napping and held on for the solo win, with SiS man Ian Bibby taking third spot.

COLEMAN BAGS WIN IN NEW COLOURS

Neil Coleman wasted no time in impressing his new team by winning the south region road circuit championships at Thruxton on Sunday.

The Wiltshire-based rider, recently released by Plowman Craven, will ride the remainder of the 2008 season with KFS Special Vehicles/Sunday Bicycles.

TOUR OF BRITAIN: FINAL STAGE DETAILS ANNOUNCED

The closing stage of the Tour of Britain between Blackpool and Liverpool on September 14 will cover 110km including six laps of a city centre circuit in the European Capital of Culture.

The race will take in Lytham St Annes, Preston and Southport before reaching Liverpool and the finish line on The Strand.

Tour of Britain Route Director Graham Jones said: ?We?ve got a great finishing circuit in the centre of Liverpool, which will allow fans to see the race several times. The run in to the city is very flat, so the peloton will be at top speed when they reach Liverpool, which is sure to make for a bunch sprint, a spectacular prospect for all the spectators who come down to the finish line.?

Stages

7 September Stage 1 London Circuit

8 September Stage 2 Milton Keynes to Newbury

9 September Stage 3 Chard to Burnham-on-Sea

10 September Stage 4 Worcester to Stoke-on-Trent

11 September Stage 5 Hull to Dalby Forest

12 September Stage 6 Darlington to NewcastleGateshead

13 September Stage 7 Glasgow Green to Dumfries & Galloway

14 September Stage 8 Blackpool to Liverpool

RAPHA CONDOR IN TOUR OF IRELAND

Rapha-Condor-Recycling is the latest squad to be confirmed for the Tour of Ireland, starting in Dublin on August 27.

RCR manager John Herety confirmed the five-day race was a big target for his team, with Dean Downing and Kristian House in fine form after the Sachsen Tour in Germany and former double winner of the Rás Chris Newton pencilled in to start following Olympic Games duty.

Spanish team Karpin Galicia will also line up in Dublin, led by experienced tour man Alberto Fernandez Sainz.

Stages

27 August Stage 1 Dublin to Waterford

28 August Stage 2 Thurles to Loughrea

29 August Stage 3 Ballinrobe to Galway

30 August Stage 4 Limerick to Dingle

31 August Stage 5 Killarney to Cork