Cycling: Evan Oliphant shines ahead of GB Tour

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Lothians cyclist Evan Oliphant underlined his readiness for forthcoming challenges when he narrowly missed out on a podium finish at the Grand Prix of Wales, the penultimate round of the British Grand Prix Series.

The Team Raleigh-GAC rider had continued his string of solid performances with 14th-place finishes in the final two rounds of the British Elite Circuit Race Series in Chepstow and Abergavenny last week. Those results left the Scottish champion fifth in the overall series standings and he was back in the saddle on Sunday for the 113-mile Grand Prix event.

The 33-year-old was charged with working to support Steve Lampier, who led the series going into the race. However, he found himself at the head of the Raleigh squad entering the home straight and crossed the line in fifth spot, three seconds down on Chris Lawless (Team Wiggins), who took the honours.

Lampier was a non-finisher, but continues to lead the way ahead of the series finale in Leicester on Sunday.

That will be Oliphant’s final major competitive outing before the eight-day Tour of Britain, which takes place next month and includes a stage which starts in Edinburgh.