Cycling: Evan Oliphant ready to take on the stars

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Capital cyclist Evan Oliphant is relishing the opportunity to lock horns with a clutch of UCI WorldTour stars when the British Road Race Championships take place in Glasgow on Sunday.

The 31-year-old Team Raleigh rider has been in sparkling form this season and currently leads the British Cycling Premier Calendar Series. He posted his latest success at the Hugh Dornan Memorial event at Rosneath last weekend. Now he is looking forward to the 185 kilometre event which will be contested over 13 laps of a city centre loop. Others in the field will include 23 times Tour de France stage winner Mark Cavendish and Scotland’s double Commonwealth Games medallist David Millar.

However, he will have his eye on a squad that has controlled the race in recent seasons.

“The Sky team are bound to be the ones to watch, their guys have dominated the last two years so again I think they’re the ones to beat,” said Oliphant, who will be joined by several other Lothians riders including Scottish champion Gary Hand (Herbalife Leisure Lakes Bikes) and James McCallum (Rapha Condor-JLT).

The event is a rehearsal for next year’s Commonwealth Games and Oliphant is happy with the 14.2 kilometre circuit.

The eight-lap women’s event is brimming with world-class talent and will offer a stern test for the home contingent which features a group from the Lothians that includes Katie Archibald (City of Edinburgh). The teenager was the top Scot in last night’s time trial, occupying 15th place behind Olympic gold medallist Jo Rowsall (Wiggle Honda).