James McCallum continues fine form ahead of Games

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Capital cyclist James McCallum confirmed he is striking top form ahead of the Commonwealth Games when he bagged third place at the Jupiter London Nocturne in London.

The 35-year-old NFTO rider had occupied the top two spots in previous years and showed he was in good shape when he took fifth place in Thursday’s round of the Pearl Izumi Tour Series at Canary Wharf.

And he was prominent again in the early stages of Saturday’s floodlit event, featuring in a four-man break that remained clear at the bell.

McCallum was outsprinted by Tobyn Hortyn (Madison-Genesis) and Felix English (Rapha Condor-JLT), leaving him with a full house of podium finishes over the years.

Evan Oliphant (Team Raleigh) who had won in Dunfermline on Thursday and Peebles on Friday, was 16th.

In the women’s race, former City of Edinburgh rider Katie Archibald (Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International) crashed while leading, allowing Nicola Juniper (Echelon Rotor) to win.

Capital teenager Louise Borthwick (Matrix Fitness-Vulpine) took several big-name scalps when finishing 13th.