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Matt Scoles (Cingolani-Proton) on the top step of the podium at the XI Trophy Terme di Fontecchio, Citta di Castello (Perugia) in Italy
New Zealander opens European campaign with victory
New Zealand's Matt Scoles opened his 2010 European racing campaign on Sunday with a win for his new professional downhill mountain bike team, Cingolani-Proton. Scoles has now been based in Italy with his new team for two weeks, and he raced at the XI Trophy Terme di Fontecchio, Citta di Castello (Perugia) against a talented Italian field mixed with other international racers.
Scoles defeated Gambirasio Carlo and Francesco Petrucci for the win.
George Brannigan (Ancillotti-Doganaccia) was also racing in his debut for his new 2010 pro team, and put in a ride good enough for fifth place. Brannigan, a second-year junior, is this year following a proven path with Ancillotti that led to a 2009 junior World Championship gold medal for fellow Hawkes Bay athlete Brook MacDonald, and like Scoles, Brannigan also has a full World Cup season ahead of him.