Recycling announce Britain line-up

Wednesday, August 10, 2005 11.00pm
Britain's top road team, Recycling.co.uk, have announced a strong line-up for the Tour of Britain la

Recycling.co.uk team director Phil Leigh has announced his team to take part in the upcoming Tour of Britain, which starts in Glasgow on August 30. World champions Rob Hayles, Chris Newton and Paul Manning will be joined by national road champion Russ Downing, Dean Downing and Rob Sharman.

Both Sharman and Hayles celebrated with wins on Sunday, with Sharman winning the Yorks Leeds RRC Senior Road Race and Hayles taking the Worcester St Johns Road Race, following a hard four-day training camp in Lancashire for the entire Tour of Britain team.

Sharman is proving he is in excellent form and enters the Havant GP on Sunday, the penultimate round of British Cycling's Premier Calendar Series, looking to take the overall lead from Planet X's John Tanner, with the 24-year-old just three points behind having won two rounds this season.

Hayles' win on Sunday proves that the 32-year-old is coming into form at exactly the right time, he also finished in an excellent third place behind team captain Russ Downing last Wednesday in the latest round of the National Circuit Race Series at Clitheroe.

Double world champion and Olympic medallist Newton recently won a round of the National Circuit Race Series at Colne and finished second last Wednesday in the same series before finishing fifth behind Sharman on Sunday.

On Sunday, Manning finished third behind Hayles and preceded that with third last week in the Stan Robson Trophy Road Race. Paul has been a mainstay for the team in the biggest races this year, helping team captain Russ Downing to three stage victories in the Ruban Granitier Breton and Newton to victory in the FBD Insurance RAS.

National road champion Russ Downing finished third behind Sharman on Sunday, following his win on Wednesday, and is having the season of his life. The 26-year-old has taken excellent wins both at home and abroad, including a stage of the Giro del Capo in South Africa, stage wins and the green jersey in the Ruban Granitier Breton in France, the Lincoln GP at home and a dream win at the National Road Race Championships at the end of June.

Dean Downing has recently returned from injury having sustained a broken collarbone and thumb in the US in June, curtailing some excellent form that had already taken him to three wins. He confirmed a rapid recovery by enjoying a win in the National Circuit Race Series at Milton Keynes two weeks ago and has followed that up with fifth behind his brother last Wednesday and sixth on Sunday behind Sharman.

The Belgian Landbouwkrediet team have announced that their six-rider team for the Tour of Britain will be led by another British world track champion, Steve Cummings.

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