Russell Downing

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Russell Downing
Russell Downing AB1.jpg
Personal information
Full name Russell Downing
Nickname Fonzy
Born (1978-08-23) 23 August 1978 (age 36)
Rotherham, United Kingdom
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Weight 64 kg (141 lb)[1]
Team information
Current team NFTO Pro Cycling
Discipline Track and road
Role Rider
Amateur team(s)
2000
2001
Miche Pena
UVCA Troyes
Professional team(s)
1999–2001
2002
2003
2004–2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010–2011
2012
2013
2014
Linda McCartney Racing Team
iTeamNova.com
Time Life Repair
Recycling.co.uk
Driving Force Logistics
Health Net-Maxxis
Pinarello Racing Team
CandiTV-Marshalls Pasta
Team Sky
Endura Racing
Team NetApp-Endura
NFTO Pro Cycling
Major wins
National Road Race Championships (2005)
Tour of Ireland (2009)
Tour de Wallonie (2010)
Infobox last updated on
30 April 2014

Russell Downing (born 23 August 1978) is an English cycling road-racer for UCI Continental team NFTO Pro Cycling.[2] He was the British national road race champion in 2005.[3] He is the younger brother of fellow cyclist Dean Downing. He has competed largely on the UCI Continental Tour and in British Premier Calendar races.

In addition to his national championships, he has also been successful in some multi-stage races. His biggest victory to date has come in the 2010 Tour de Wallonie, a 2.HC class event, as well as the 2009 Tour of Ireland.[4]

For 2010 he signed a one-year contract with the new British Professional Team, Team Sky, and became the first Briton to win a stage for the team, picking up a win in the Critérium International. His contract was renewed for a further year, for the 2011 season. In November 2011 it was announced that his contract was not being renewed for a third year and he would join the British Continental Team Endura Racing.[5] Following the merger of Endura with Team NetApp Downing joined the NetApp-Endura squad for 2013.[6] In September 2013 it was announced that Russell and Dean Downing would join the new NFTO cycling team for 2014.[2]

Career achievements[edit]

2002
1st MaillotReinoUnido.PNG National Scratch Race Championships
1st Buggenhout Kermese
1st Boekhout Kermese
1st Stage of Tour de Brandenburge
1st Points Jersey Tour de Brandenburge
2nd Stage of circuit de Mines
2003
National Track Championships
1st MaillotReinoUnido.PNG Points race
1st MaillotReinoUnido.PNG Madison
2004
1st World Cup Team Pursuit
1st Havant International
1st Overall Credit Union Ras Mumhan
1st Stages 2, 4 & 5
1st Stage 4 Circuit de Mines
1st Stage Circuit des Plages Vendeennes
1st Colne Grand Prix[7]
1st, Warwick Town Centre Circuit Race[8]
1st East Yorkshire Classic[9]
2005
1st MaillotReinoUnido.PNG National Road Race Championships
1st Havant International
1st Lincoln GP
1st Stage of Giro del Capo
1st Clitheroe Town Centre Grand Prix[10]
2nd Overall Circuit des plages vendeennes
1st Stage
2006
1st Triptyque Ardennais
1st Druivenkoers Overijse
2007
1st Richmond Grand Prix
2nd Merco Credit Union Cycling Classic
3rd Lincoln Grand Prix
2008
1st Overall Girvan 3-Day
1st Stages 1 & 2
1st Tour of the Reservoir
Cinturón Ciclista a Mallorca
1st Stages 2 & 3
1st Robert Price International Grand Prix of Wales
1st Chas Messenger Stage Race
1st Tour of Blackpool
1st East Yorkshire Classic
1st Richmond Grand Prix
1st Lincoln Grand Prix[11]
1st Overall Premier Calendar
2nd Overall Tour of Ireland
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
1st Stage 4
2009
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Tour of Ireland
1st Stage 1[12]
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
1st Lincoln Grand Prix
1st Stage 3 Cinturón a Mallorca
1st Smithfield Nocturne Criterium
1st Ryedale Grand Prix
1st Colne Grand Prix[13]
1st East Yorkshire Classic Circuit Race[14]
1st Overall Premier Calendar
2010
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Tour de Wallonie
1st Stage 5
1st Stage 1 TTT Tour of Qatar
1st Stage 2 Critérium International
1st Monsal Hill Climb
2012
1st Eddie Soens Memorial Road Race
1st Grand Prix de la Ville de Lillers
1st Lincoln Grand Prix
1st Stage 5 Glava Tour of Norway
1st Beaumont Trophy
2nd Overall Circuit des Ardennes
1st Points classification
1st Stage 1
4th Route Adélie de Vitré
2013
1st MaillotReinoUnido.PNG National Circuit Race Championships
2014
1st Stockton Grand Prix[15]
3rd Ryedale Grand Prix[16]
3rd Circuit of the Fens[17]
3rd Newport Nocturne[18]
4th Commonwealth Games – Men's road race
5th Rutland–Melton International CiCLE Classic

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Team Sky profile". Retrieved 2011-05-24. 
  2. ^ a b Bull, Nick (25 September 2013). "Downing brothers reunited at NFTO for 2014". Cycling Weekly (IPC Media). Retrieved 6 October 2013. 
  3. ^ Profile
  4. ^ "Downing takes Tour of Ireland win". BBC Sport. 2009-08-23. Retrieved 2009-08-24. 
  5. ^ "Downing to Endura Racing in 2012". Cycling News (Future Publishing Limited). 15 November 2011. Retrieved 6 January 2012. 
  6. ^ Fidler, Richard (20 September 2012). "Rotherham’s Russ Downing returns to the big time". Sheffield Star. Retrieved 6 October 2013. 
  7. ^ "Colne Grand Prix". British Cycling. Retrieved 17 June 2014. 
  8. ^ "Warwick Town Centre Circuit Races". British Cycling. Retrieved 17 June 2014. 
  9. ^ "East Yorkshire Classic". British Cycling. Retrieved 17 June 2014. 
  10. ^ "Clitheroe Town Centre Grand Prix". British Cycling. Retrieved 17 June 2014. 
  11. ^ "Downing Wins Lincoln — But Which One?". Cycling Weekly. 11 May 2008. Retrieved 16 June 2014. 
  12. ^ "Lance Armstrong endures tough opening to Tour of Ireland". The Daily Telegraph. 2009-08-21. 
  13. ^ Hickmott, Larry (14 June 2014). "Colne Grand Prix". British Cycling. Retrieved 14 June 2014. 
  14. ^ "East Yorkshire Classic National Circuit Race Championship". British Cycling. Retrieved 17 June 2014. 
  15. ^ "Stockton Velo29-Altura Grand Prix". British Cycling. Retrieved 21 July 2014. 
  16. ^ "The Ryedale Grand Prix inc The Peter Longbottom Memorial". British Cycling. Retrieved 7 August 2014. 
  17. ^ Whitehouse, Andy (27 July 2014). "Adam Blythe (NFTO Pro Cycling) wins the 2014 Vericool for Schools Circuit of the Fens". British Cycling. Retrieved 7 August 2014. 
  18. ^ "The Newport Nocturne". British Cycling. Retrieved 6 September 2014. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Roger Hammond
British National Road Race Champion
2005
Succeeded by
Hamish Haynes