Charline Joiner nails second spot in Stafford

Charline Joiner has been in impressive form of late

Charline Joiner has been in impressive form of late

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Former City of Edinburgh cyclist Charline Joiner bagged the latest podium finish in a season that has brought several successes so far when she took second spot at the Stafford Grand Prix, the penultimate round of the British Cycling Women’s Road Series.

Now competing in the colours of Team WNT, the 27-year-old Fifer featured in a two-woman break alongside series leader Nikki Juniper (Giordana Triton) early in the race. And, although the duo forged a lead of more than two minutes, Juniper had too much finishing power for the Scot and raced home to clinch the win and with it the overall title.

Joiner, whose challenge for overall success had suffered a blow when she punctured in each of the previous two rounds, crossed the line eight seconds down on Juniper but was satisfied with her effort.

“I’m very happy with another Women’s Road Series podium,” she said. “But when we went so early I was worried as she’s such a good time triallist and she could drop me.

“She dragged the sprint out of me though. She was definitely the strongest rider today.

“She’s had a great season, so I’m really pleased she won this one.”