Russell Downing best of British

Team DFL-Cyclingnews-Litespeed leader Russell Downing confirmed his good pre-race form with a strong finish in Stage 1. Downing will go into tomorrow's stage 2 as the best placed British rider on the general classification, having placed sixth in the opening sprint at Castle Douglas.

Downing was supported by team-mates Dean Downing, Kane Oakley and Cameron Jennings who remained near the front of the bunch as the speed quickened with around 40 kilometres to go.

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