Cycling: Trodden can’t bridge gap with Archibald

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Edinburgh’s Phil Trodden (The Racers) landed second spot in the innovative Balfronde road race in Stirlingshire, featuring three stages contested all in a single day.

Trodden finished the two-kilometre prologue seven seconds down on John Archibald (Pro Vision Cycle Clothing) and although the Capital rider took the honours on stage two, a 50km circuit race, Archibald crossed the line only two seconds adrift in third spot.

That meant that the Glasgow man – the brother of world team pursuit champion Katie Archibald – retained the leader’s yellow jersey going into the final stage, an 18km road race with a hilltop finish.

Despite Trodden’s best efforts on the final climb, he was unable to make any further inroads into the deficit and Archibald powered clear to take his second win of the day and with it the overall title, with Trodden runner-up, 31 seconds down.

Meanwhile, Evan Oliphant (Team Raleigh-GAC) found the going tough as he attempted to repeat his 2013 win at the Tour of the Reservoir in Northumberland. The 33-year-old Scottish road race champion finished in 47th place overall in the two day event, which was won by Erick Rowsell (Madison Genesis).