Dean Downing and Tom Barras, Shefrec CC 2011

Just three days after getting back to riding his bike, Dean Downing (Rapha Condor Sharp) has had what he describes as another ‘freak accident' whilst on training camp in Lanzarote.

Riding at the back of the bunch yesterday at 50kmph, Downing's tyre blew and threw him onto the road.

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Richard Abraham is an award-winning writer, based in New Zealand. He has reported from major sporting events including the Tour de France and Olympic Games, and is also a part-time travel guide who has delivered luxury cycle tours and events across Europe. In 2019 he was awarded Writer of the Year at the PPA Awards.