Downing challenges on Ardennes classic stage of Wallonie

Russell Downing, Criterium du Dauphine, stage 5

The fourth and hardest stage of the Tour de Wallonie in Belgium, from Vlieslam to Villers-le-Bouillet, saw Russell Downing in fighting form. He took tenth place on a selective day of 11 climbs, including the Liege-Bastogne-Liege steep slogs of Stockeu and Le Rosier.

Despite being closely marked by the leaders' teams, Downing managed jump across a gap to the break towards the end, finished tenth on the stage and moved up to fifth place overall, just eight seconds behind the race leader, Laurent Mangel (Fr) of Saur-Sojasun.

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