Borthwick races to top junior spot

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Talented Capital rider Louise Borthwick completed the latest stage of her cycling education with a typically aggressive performance at last weekend’s Stafford Grand Prix, the final round of the National Women’s Road Race Series.

The teenager capped a string of recent outstanding results with a first podium finish, beaten only by the British Criterium champion Hannah Barnes.

That effort left 18-year-old Borthwick as leading junior in the overall standings, occupying fifth spot behind Barnes. The result has increased the likelihood of the Edinburgh Road Club rider securing a place with a professional team next year.

Reflecting on the event, Borthwick said, “The narrow and tight circuit at Stafford made the race one of the most demanding of the National Women’s Series this year.

“Going into the final lap I was determined to stay on Hannah Barnes’ wheel round the final corner and stayed away to take my first national podium. I’ve learned a huge amount in the series this year and am really pleased to finish fifth overall.”