Capital cyclist Evan Oliphant warmed up for a showdown with some of the sport’s biggest names by claiming a podium place at the Drummond Trophy.
The Scottish road race champion featured in a powerful Team Raleigh-GAC squad lining up for the 85-mile Scottish classic at Strathaven. Oliphant and his colleagues were using the event as preparation for the Tour de Yorkshire next month.
Five Raleigh riders featured in an 11-strong breakaway group and was Oliphant’s Polish team mate Karol Domagalski who was the strongest on the day, making his move on the last of the 12 laps of seven miles each and powering away from his fellow escapees.
Domagalski crossed the line 42 seconds clear of Oliphant, while West Lothian-based Gary Hand (SportGrub Kuota) took third, a further 24 seconds down.
Oliphant has been named in the eight-rider squad for the three-day Tour de Yorkshire, which starts in Bridlington on May 1. Among the other riders in the field are a host of global stars such as Bradley Wiggins, making his debut for Team Wiggins, Ben Swift (Team Sky) and Marcel Kittel (Giant-Alpecin), the stage winner when the Tour de France opened in Yorkshire last year.