Tour of Britain veteran Oliphant misses out this year

Evan Oliphant's Team Raleigh GAC team have missed out on a placing

Evan Oliphant's Team Raleigh GAC team have missed out on a placing

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Lothians cyclist Evan Oliphant will not contest next month’s Tour of Britain after his Team Raleigh-GAC missed out on a wild-card entry.

The race starts in Glasgow on September 4 and concludes in London the following Sunday.

Tranent-based Oliphant, who has competed in the event on nine occasions and took second place on a stage in 2005, had hoped to take his tally of appearances into double figures this year.

However, the invitations to British domestic teams were based on results on the roads for the season so far in the British Cycling Motorpoint Spring Cup and Grand Prix Series events and higher level UCI events held in Britain. The most recent last weekend’s Prudential RideLondon–Surrey Classic.

The race proved disappointing for Raleigh with two riders suffering punctures and two more, including Oliphant, crashing. As a result, the three remaining Tour of Britain places have gone to JLT Condor, Madison Genesis and NFTO, with Raleigh on the side lines.