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VIDEO: Sheffield Grand Prix cycle race wows crowds

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Hundreds of cycling fans packed the city’s streets for the Sheffield Grand Prix, just weeks after the Tour de France came to South Yorkshire.

The pro cycling event saw the retirement of a local legend of the sport as Dean Downing, aged 39, completed his last ever race.

Sheffield’s Adam Blythe led the race for much of the event, but in the end was beaten into second place by winner Kristian House, while Tobyn Horton took third.

Race director Marc Etches said: “Kristian had a really good race. It’s a shame Dean didn’t win, but these guys are professional racers, they aren’t just going to let him win! It was an amazing event, the crowd were fantastic. I am absolutely blown away by it all really.”

Downing, from Rotherham, said: “Near the end I wanted to go out on a big high so I put a massive attack in and I did get really close to catching them. But to have three guys on the podium who are close friends is as good as me being on the podium.

“It’s bigger and better than last year. With the Tour coming here a month ago, cycling is on the up, so it’s a good time to go out. For me to finish my career here is a dream come true.”

 

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