Downing completes Smithfield Nocturne and Ryedale double

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On Saturday night Russell Downing outsprinted Tony Gibb and Ben Swift to win the Smithfield Nocturne in London. After the Nocturne, he hot-footed it to North Yorkshire for the Ryedale Grand Prix, the latest round of the Premier Calendar.

The race was dominated by an escape group of three who were only caught by a chasing group with four kilometres to go. Downing then beat Halfords Bikehut rider Ian Wilkinson.

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