Cycling: James McCallum wins Criterium in Stirling

James McCallum (library pic)
James McCallum (library pic)
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Capital cyclist James McCallum posted his first win of the season as he took the honours in the Criterium on the Campus Circuit Race at Stirling University.

Riding for the NFTO team, the 34-year-old featured prominently throughout the 33 laps and escaped from a high-class field of 42 riders with his fellow internationalist Evan Oliphant (Team Raleigh).

The race came down to the final sprint and it was McCallum – aiming for his fourth Commonwealth Games this summer – who had the most in hand over Oliphant to seal the win.

After more than an hour of racing, Oliphant took second spot, a fraction of a second down on his former colleague.

Another Glasgow hopeful, David Lines (Starley Primal), completed the podium when he took third place more than half a minute later.

Former City of Edinburgh rider Katie Archibald (Thomsons Cycles) powered her way to an impressive win in the women’s event, coming home well clear of her team-mate Kayleigh 
Brogan and Jane Barr (Starley Primal), with the leading trio lapping the rest of the field.

In the support races, Archie Ellen (Edinburgh RC) and his club-mate Matthias Barnett both finished in the runners-up slot in the youth events.