More success for Dean Downing

Dean Downing (DFL-Cyclingnews) scored his second victory of the 2006 season, winning the Trofee Van Haspengouw (Aalst-St.-Truiden) interclub event on Sunday. The 160 km race had a field of 189 riders from 33 different teams, and was run in very windy conditions.

A crosswind section saw 10 riders surge off the front, including Downing and his teammate Bernie Sulzberger. Despite a concerted chase from Beveren/Quick.Step, the leaders gained 1'12 before the five seven kilometre finishing circuits. At three and a half laps to go, Downing attacked with Geoffrey De Meyer, Matti Helminen (Profel) and Sulzberger, and there were now four leaders. Downing attacked on his own with one and a half to go, but only succeeded in dropping his teammate. Then on the last time up the climb - while dangling 20 metres off the back - he took advantage of the other two watching each other to attack over the top, and the others were unable to respond. To cap off a good performance by DFL-Cyclingnews, Sulzberger finished sixth, with Sven de Weerdt in ninth and Cameron Jennings in 24th. The team won the team prize as well.

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