BRITS IN ITALY

Britain?s U23 Academy riders will be riding in Monday August 11?s 160km Trofeo Citta di Felino.

On the provisional start list for the British national team are Russell Hampton, Alex Dowsett, Andrew Tennant, Peter Kennaugh and Steven Burke (who will be replaced as he is currently in Beijing for the Olympics).

Also on the start list is junior Italian road race champion Adriano Malori of the Filmop Bottoli squad. Jacopo Guarnieri (Marchiol Famila Site) will also be one to watch out for, having already won ten races this season.

The British team will certainly have their work cut out, with the Russian national team, the AG2r feeder team and the SouthAustralia.com AIS squad also riding.

PINARELLO RT TO THE TOUR OF IRELAND

The British based Pinarello squad has been confirmed for this year?s Tour of Ireland.

The 2008 edition of the race, running from 27 to 31 August, will feature some of cycling?s top names. Already confirmed for the race are Garmin Chipotle, Team Columbia, Rabobank, Tinkoff, Rapha Condor Recycling and TopSport-Vlaanderen.

Russell Downing, winner of last weekend?s East Yorkshire Classic and 2008 Premier Calendar winner, will lead the Pinarello squad in Ireland. Russell will be supported by veteran Malcolm Elliott, who raced in Ireland twenty years ago, winning two stages of the Nissan Classic in 1988.

HOME FROM HOME

Despite being thousands of miles away from home in Beijing, the British Olympic cycling team have made a home away from home in the Olympic village.

The British riders? apartments have been kitted out by B&Q to recreate as closely as possible their own homes. Mod cons such as TV and DVD, sound system and comfy looking sofas will help to alleviate any homesickness (and boredom from hanging around). The riders will spend a lot more time in the Olympic village this year, unlike in Sydney when many of the team stayed away from the village until their events had finished.

LONDON CRIT CHAMPIONSHIPS

Criterium racing makes a welcome return to East London in early September, with the opening of the new Hog Hill circuit in Hainault.

The London Criterium Championships on Saturday 6 September (the day before the start of the Tour of Britain) will see an action-packed day of racing with big prize funds available. Special prizes will be available for London riders, although the event is open to all seniors, women and juniors.

The new Hog Hill circuit is a state of the art facility built to relocate the Eastway Cycle Circuit from Stratford, which was forced to close down to accommodate the Stratford Olympic Park.

The venue promises a spectacular panorama over the Docklands and The City.

ROWE WINS DERNY PACED CHAMPIONSHIPS

Up and coming rider Luke Rowe, currently with the Rapha Condor Recycling squad, won the national Derny Paced Championships on Sunday August 3.

Rowe beat Tony Gibb of the Plowman Craven team in the 30km final and is certainly enjoying a run of good form at the moment, also finishing second in the recent European Road Race Championships. Rowe is a talented prospect for the future and is currently targeting the RIS Junior Tour of Wales.