Louise Borthwick likely to land pro offer

Ladies Johnson Health Tech Westminster Grand Prix. Winner Hanah Barnes with second Louise Borthwick Edinburgh RC, right, and third Emily Nelson. Picture: MATT BRISTOW / SportPix

Ladies Johnson Health Tech Westminster Grand Prix. Winner Hanah Barnes with second Louise Borthwick Edinburgh RC, right, and third Emily Nelson. Picture: MATT BRISTOW / SportPix

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Capital cyclist Louise Borthwick brought down the curtain on an exceptional season when she finished runner-up against a high-class field at the Johnson Health Tech Westminster Grand Prix in London yesterday.

The teenager, riding for Edinburgh RC, has made great progress since focusing on her sport after leaving school. She has earned a reputation as a gutsy, aggressive rider, and those qualities were in evidence again yesterday as she featured at the head of the race entering the final lap.

She was eventually beaten by British criterium champion Hannah Barnes (MG-Maxifuel), with Emily Nelson (Bike Pure) taking third place, but Borthwick has made a big impression on the domestic circuit this year and looks likely to be offered a place with a professional outfit for next season.

Another former Edinburgh RC rider who was prominent in the London event was Claire Thomas, who is currently racing for the Canadian-registered GSD Gestion team. She was also involved in the sprint down the home straight and finished in fifth spot.

Not to be outdone, Borthwick’s younger sister Emma, also riding for Edinburgh RC, took gold in her age group at the Scottish Youths Time Trial Championships near Dundee.