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Recycling.co.uk/MG Xpower/Litespeed's Russell Downing completed an amazing week in the Ruban Granitier Breton stage race in Brittany, France on Sunday with a third and final stage victory in front of 10,000 people in Josselin. As a result the 27 year old sealed first place in the points competition and moved up onto the third and final step on the podium in the race for overall honours.
After relinquishing his overall lead on the penultimate stage to French pre-race favourite Stphane Ptilleau in a hard fought stage, Downing powered through to take another fantastic win, catching two riders with 300 metres to go who were still clear after they were part of a break of seven riders that formed in the early skirmishes of the stage.
Downing said of his week's exploits: "I'm very pleased with my week here, three stage wins and the green jersey and third overall, I couldn't of asked for better results, I felt great all day today."
Final overall standings
1 Stphane Petilleau (Fra) Bretagne Jean Floch 23.02.54
2 Charles Guilbert (Fra) Bretagne Jean Floch 0.27
3 Russell Downing (GB) Recycling.co.uk 0.34
12 Julian Winn (GB) Wales 1.50