Russell Downing

Russell Downing finished the Tour of California without a result, but with improving form. The Healthnet Maxxis rider missed out in the final sprint in Long Beach despite placing himself well in the finale, ?I was in seventh or eighth wheel and I started tussling with Bettini on the outside,? the former national champion said.

?As I was tussling with him, [Thor] Hushovd?s train came over the top and boxed me in so I couldn?t do anything. Then I went to go right and there was a clash of wheels and I got stuck behind that, so I just sat up and rolled over the line.?

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Simon Richardson
Magazine editor

Editor of Cycling Weekly magazine, Simon has been working at the title since 2001. He fell in love with cycling 1989 when watching the Tour de France on Channel 4, started racing in 1995 and in 2000 he spent one season racing in Belgium. During his time at CW (and Cycle Sport magazine) he has written product reviews, fitness features, pro interviews, race coverage and news. He has covered the Tour de France more times than he can remember along with two Olympic Games and many other international and UK domestic races. He became the 130-year-old magazine's 13th editor in 2015.