2009 Premier Calendar Series

2009 Premier Calendar Series

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Russell Downing in attack mode --- making his rivals legs hurt until they break and he wins yet another race. Russell will be racing in Europe in 2010 and will be missed on the roads of Britain.

Final Top 10
1. Russell Downing, Candi TV - Marshalls Pasta    773
2. Ian Wilkinson, Team Halfords-Bikehut    530
3. Marcin Bialoblocki, Sport Beans-Wilier    353
4. Rob Partridge, Team Halfords-Bikehut    333
5. Mark McNally, Team Halfords-Bikehut    265
   Chris Newton, Rapha Condor    265
7. Andy Tennant, Team Halfords-Bikehut    239
8. Jon Tiernan-Locke, Sport Beans-Wilier    208
9. Malcolm Elliott, Candi TV - Marshalls Pasta    196
10. Peter Williams, Candi TV - Marshalls Pasta    191
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14/15 March | Bikeline 2 Day (Prologue TT only)    Hope, Flintshire                   
The Bikeline Two Day, the first round of the Premier Calendar Series was cancelled after police stopped it half way through stage 2. Police cancelled the permit for the race citing their concerns over the safety of the race. The only stage completed was the prologue won by Russell Downing and points for the Premier Calendar were awarded as per those awarded for stage wins. (further info )

29 March | Tour of The Reservoir | Edmundbyers, Co. Durham                   
Team Halfords Bikehut dominated the podium at the end of the 2009 Tour of the Reservoir. Andy Tennant attacked from a large breakaway group on the final lap together with Dale Appleby. These two forged a lead of about 30 seconds until Appleby punctured, leaving Tennant to go it alone all the way to the finish. Report-Photos-Results

11/13 April | Girvan Stage Race    Girvan, Scotland                   
Marcin Bialoblocki (Sport Beans Wilier) is the 2009 winner of the Girvan 3 Day. The final stage over 72 gruelling miles saw the race split asunder with the yellow jersey missing the vital break. From this break, Ian Wilkinson and Russell Downing clipped off to contest the stage win with Downing getting the verdict whilst Bialoblocki did enough to secure his biggest win to date. Report-Photos-Results

03 May  |  Chas Messenger Road Race | Long Crendon, Bucks                   
The Plowman Craven/Madison Chas Messenger road race was won by Russell Downing in a four up sprint. The race started with 90 riders and whilst it took a long time for the splits to happen, the final few laps certainly saw lots of action ending with the sprint in Dorton. Report-Photos-Results 

10 May  |  Lincoln Grand Prix | Lincoln                   
Russell Downing has won the Lincoln GP for the third time. Blessed with great weather, the race all riders want to win came down to a battle between three riders over the final lap and Russell Downing saw off the challenge of Ian Wilkinson and Chris Newton on the cobbles of Michaelgate in front of a huge crowd that lined the long climb two or three deep. Report-Photos-Results

7 June |   Ryedale Grand Prix | Helmsley, N. Yorks                   
Russell Downing (CandiTV-Marshalls Pasta) rounded off a great weekend with a perfectly timed attack in the final 3km of the Ryedale Grand Prix to beat Ian Wilkinson (Halfords Bikehut) and Kevin Dawson (Sportscover) on the line at Duncombe Park, North Yorkshire. Report and lots of photos! Report-Photos-Results

14 June | Beaumont Trophy, Ponteland, Northumberland                   
On a brilliant day for bike racing in the North East on Sunday, June14, Bradley Wiggins (Garmin) came to the Premier Calendar event in an effort to get in some pre-Tour de France racing and race in style he certainly did, winning the race by over a minute. We have a report and lots of photos of the action. Report-Photos-Results

5 July | Tour of Blackpool Grand Prix Road Race,  Blackpool                   
20 year old Lancashire rider Matt Cronshaw (Rapha Condor) had the biggest home win of his short career at the Tour of Blackpool, the final event of a weekend of top racing in the NW tourist resort. With a superb lead out from team mate Liam Holohan, Cronshaw outsprinted Rob Partridge (Halfords) and Yanto Barker (LeCol-Colnago) on the South Shore Promenade at Blackpool. Report-Photos-Results

26 July | East Yorkshire Classic, Beverley, E.Yorks
Sigma Sport's Dutchman, Wouter Sybrandy showed the determination required to win a Premier Calendar on Sunday (July 26) when he gave it his all in a two up sprint with Kevin Dawson (SportsCover) and managed to get his front wheel across the line first to win the biggest race of his cycling career so far. Report-Photos-Results

9 August | Tour of Pendle, Barnoldswick, Lancs   
The leader of this year's British Cycling Premier Calendar, Russell Downing of the CandiTV/Marshalls Pasta team has won the Tour of Pendle on his own, 40 seconds clear of Olympic Bronze medallist Chris Newton and Welsh champion Rob Partridge. Report-Photos-Results

23 August | Richmond Grand Prix    Richmond, N. Yorks   
Solo win for Dowsett in North Yorkshire -- Alex Dowsett (100%ME) destroyed the field of Premier Calendar riders at the Richmond Grand Prix on Sunday, riding into Richmond market place 2 minutes 43 seconds ahead of his nearest rival. The Italian based rider proved to be the strongest of a large group that formed on the lower part of the savage Buttertubs climb. Report-Photos-Results

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