Callum Skinner takes Revolution road in Rio bid

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Capital cyclist Callum Skinner will compete in the first round of this season’s Revolution Series, which starts tonight at the Derby Velodrome.

The 22-year-old won the Keirin at last month’s Dublin Grand Prix and was runner-up to Lewis Oliva in the individual sprint. The pair are colleagues in the GB squad and rivals for the “man three” position in the team sprint squad behind Jason Kenny and Philip Hindes for next year’s Olympics in Rio.

Skinner’s former City of Edinburgh team-mate Katie Archibald faces a stern test in the women’s endurance events against a clutch of Britain’s top riders and a strong line-up of international riders

Evan Oliphant enters Sunday’s finale of the British Cycling Grand Prix Series in Leicester in second place in the standings behind his Team Raleigh-GAC colleague Steve Lampier and within striking distance of the overall victory.

Capital teenagers Emma Borthwick and Lulu Bartlett will ride in Norway as members of the ten-strong Scotland team for Sunday’s Statoil Arctic Heroes of Tomorrow Road Race..

Meanwhile, there will be a strong Edinburgh contingent competing for national titles in the Scottish Track Championships which take place at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in Glasgow over the weekend.