R Downing ToB

Russell Downing will join the American Health Net team in 2007 as the team?s sprinter, replacing Canadian Gordon Fraser, who has retired.

?I?m really excited about it. I had the chance to continue racing in Europe, but the American offer was much better and the team will do two quite long periods in Europe. Plus, I will get the chance to shine in races like the Tour of California and Tour of Georgia, where the ProTour teams will ride,? Downing told Cycling Weekly.

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