Downing's dazzling Blackpool dash

UK circuit race specialist Dean Downing took an emphatic victory in front of a packed Blackpool crowd for the final race of the 2010 Nocturne Series, the Blackpool Nocturne.

Downing (Rapha Condor Sharp) and Simon Richardson (Sigma Sport Specialized) spent much of the time off the front of the race, with Downing seemingly the only rider able to go with Richardson's huge attack in the early stages.

It was a decisive breakaway, and one that even managed to lap some notable contenders over the tight course. Downing's sprint was too much for Richardson's endurance style, and it was always going to be likely that the punchy Yorkshire rider was going to be too powerful for Richardson.

"It's taken me four years to win one of these," laughed Downing after the finish. He and Richardson worked well, but were kept on their toes throughout the race by an impressive Dave Clarke.

Despite Clarke's best chasing efforts, he was outnumbered by a Rapha Condor Sharp squad looking for another podium position. Kristian House and Dean Windsor kept Clarke company, but it was Windsor who peeled off through the Red Bull chicane to take third.

Brief results

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#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Dean Downing (Rapha Condor Sharp)
2Simon Richardson (Sigma Sport Specialized)
3Dean Windsor (Rapha Condor Sharp)
4Kristian House (Rapha Condor Sharp)
5David Clarke (Pendragon Le Col Colnago)
6Graham Briggs (Rapha Condor Sharp)
7James Stewart
8Johnny McEvoy (Motorpoint Marshalls Pasta)
9Jerone Janssen (Kuota-Road CC)
10Jefte De Bruin (Kuota-Road CC)
11Rob Hayles (Endura)
12Richard Hepworth (Cycle Premier - Metalek)
13Malcolm Elliott (Motorpoint Marshalls Pasta)
14Tom Last (Sigma Sport Specialized)
15Tom Murray (Sigma Sport Specialized


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