Former teammate and double Olympic champion Ed Clancy denied Dean Downing the win in Torquay with late surge to the line

Until Torquay, Dean Downing was the rider with the most victories in The Pearl Izumi Tour Series but in a new team and with renewed motivation, the Rotherham rider was looking for more wins to add to his record in a Series he loves racing.

He had already come close with a second place in Stoke-on-Trent and was really pumped for the win and Torquay was certainly an opportunity for that.

Unfortunately, friend and former teammate Ed Clancy denied him that first win in the 2013 Series by inches and Deano, ever a winner through and through, was not happy. After learning he’d been denied the win, a few four letter words followed and he talked about his race.

“So disappointed I didn’t win” he explained. “I was in a good position coming into the last corner on Wilko’s [Ian Wilkinson, Team UK Youth] wheel and a gap opened up and I had to go. Wilko was slowing so I had to go from far out, 250 metres or something stupid and I was dying on the line. I could feel Ed coming alongside and it was a lunge for the line.

“That is too close… I feel good this year and a lot stronger than last year. I was sick in 2012 and the head fell off a bit but this year, I signed for another good team and we’re working well together. But it’s so hard out there. Every year the standard of the riders across the teams seems to go up so it’s a case of getting stuck in and seeing what we can do.”

“It was a very fast out there tonight and hard to get away and stay away. Everyone was trying to get trains going so we sat on the back of them and got the jump but it never worked out …”

Cue more four letter words 😉