Dean Downing Rapha Condor Recycling 2008

Dean Downing took the biggest win of his career yesterday, winning the second stage of the German Sachsen Tour in Frohburg.

The win also saw Downing pull on the leader?s yellow jersey as he sat on top of the classification ahead of five ProTour teams, ?I think this is the best win I?ve ever had,? Downing told ?Kristian [House] went with 1.5km to go, they brought him back and that set me up.?

Downing won from a group of eight as the Great Britain team were the only squad to put two riders in the front after the Columbia and Milram teams had earlier split the peloton in crosswinds.

The win came the day after Ben Swift placed second in the sprint to Columbia rider Andre Greipel.

With a 38 kilometre time trial tomorrow the British team wont be defending the lead. ?We?ll see how it plays out, but there?s a long TT tomorrow and Dean doesn?t have a TT bike here,? team manager John Herety said.

?If you told me that we?d have a first, a second and the yellow jersey I?d have been happy, and we?ve done all that in the first two days. Given how well [Ben] Swift is sprinting we?ll try and put him and [Jonny] Bellis in a position to win on the last stage.?

Chris Newton is also riding, building his form for the points race at the Olympic Games, but has picked up a small injury and is nursing himself through the five-day race.


Swift second to Greipel in Sachsen Tour

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Editor of Cycling Weekly magazine, Simon has been working at the title since 2001. He fell in love with cycling when channel surfing in 1989 and happening across the greatest ever edition of the Tour de France. He's been a Greg LeMond fan ever since. He started racing in 1995 when moving to university in North Wales gave him more time to train and some amazing roads to train on. He raced domestically for several years, riding everything from Surrey leagues to time trials, track and even a few Premier Calendars. In 2000 he spent one season racing in Belgium with the Kingsnorth International Wheelers. 

Since working for Cycling Weekly 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 can still be seen at his club's evening races through the summer but he still hasn't completed the CW5000 challenge!


Road bike: Pinarello K8S with Shimano Dura Ace

TT bike: Specialized Venge road bike with FFWD wheels and Easton Attack TT bars

Gravel bike: N/A

Training bike: Rourke custom hand made with Reynolds 853 steel