Elliott advises Downing on first Amstel Gold Race

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Sky's Russell Downing started his first Amstel Gold Race this morning in Maastricht with some help from Great Britain's only podium finisher, Malcolm Elliott.

"Malcolm, my former team-mate, was third here [in 1987] and got worked over by the Dutch riders," Downing told Cycling Weekly. "His advice? He told me last night on the telephone to watch Joop Zoetemelk and I asked, 'Is he still riding?'  I was joking along with him.

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