Russ signs up for Endura

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ROTHERHAM’S Russell Downing has signed for British-based Endura Racing for next season.

The 34-year-old was with World Tour team Sky for two years but didn’t have his contract renewed despite performing well at the Giro d’Italia in May – his first Grand Tour.

Downing, who will now be regularly racing against elder brother Dean on the domestic scene, said: “I’m really excited about joing Endura Racing for 2012 after a couple of great years with Sky.”

Endura Racing’s General Manager Brian Smithsaid: “ Endura Racing is the perfect team for Russ. He is a winner and I am hoping he can lead the team by example by winning in Europe.”