Capital cyclist Evan Oliphant confirmed that he is coming into form just as the season begins when he posted a solid performance at the Drummond Trophy Road Race in Strathaven.
However, while the Team Raleigh rider displayed his finishing power to win a bunch sprint, it was only good enough for fifth place.
The outcome of the 89-mile race was effectively decided in the opening stages, with a breakaway by four riders. Unusually for a race that featured several of Britain’s top domestic riders, three of that quartet managed to stay away from the pack up until the finish.
The top trio featured eventual winner Dave Clarke (KTM road-and-trail.com), who edged out Peter Murdoch (Paisley Velo) to take the honours, and Clarke’s fellow Englishman Ben Hetherington (Achieve-Skinnergate), who later lost touch but held on for third spot.
Dean Downing (NFTO) finished alone in fourth place, with Oliphant coming home in fifth at the head of a seven-strong group, closely followed by Davie Lines (Starley Primal).
Meanwhile, City of Edinburgh rider Jenny Davis has been continuing her Commonwealth Games build-up in Trinidad, where she posted several impressive wins at the Njisane Three-day Cycling Festival, including victory in the international sprint.