Cycling: Oliphant’s early starts paying off

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Capital cyclist Evan Oliphant confirmed that his heavy early season training schedule is starting to pay off when he secured his first podium finish of the year.

Coming up against a strong field that included teams from both sides of the Border and several international riders, the 31-year-old Team Raleigh rider celebrated becoming a father last week with an impressive performance.

He featured in a nine-strong group that dominated the 85-mile Drummond Trophy in Lanarkshire, but lost out to New Zealander Dan Barry (Node4-Giordana Racing) in the closing sprint, with Barry’s team-mate Nathan Edmondson taking third spot.

Oliphant is expected to be named in the squad for this weekend’s Tour of the Reservoir in Northumberland, an event which this year has been extended from a one-day event to a two-stage race.

Meanwhile, Edinburgh-based Scottish criterium champion James McCallum will fly out to the Far East to have his first outing of the year in that discipline on Friday night.

McCallum features in a four-strong Rapha Condor JLT squad for the OCBC Cycle Singapore race which will be contested by a field of 60 riders.