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Rotherham cyclist Russell Downing has admitted he is disappointed to not be in the Team Sky squad for next month’s Tour of Britain.

Downing was part of the British team that led sprint star Mark Cavendish to victory at last Sunday’s Olympic test event in London, but has missed out from the six man Sky line-up for the race, which begins in Peeblies in the Scottish Borders on September 11.

“I’m disappointed, to be honest,” said Downing. “I’ve not got many races on at the moment.”

Downing, aged 33, is next in action at the the one-day GP Ouest-France race on August 28 alongside fellow Rotherham rider Ben Swift.

After competing in his first Grand Tour in May - the Giro d’Italia - Downing’s season has been mixed.

A bad crash on a descent during the penultimate stage in Italy led to an injury lay-off. Downing also suffered a chest infection during the Giro and since returning to the Sky line up hasn’t been in a position to gain any consistency.