EILEEN ROE (Wiggle Honda) will go into Sunday’s Prudential RideLondon Grand Prix against a world-class field in a positive mood, despite surrendering her British Circuit Race champion’s jersey after a bold defence in Barnsley on Wednesday.
Although she had suffered with injury recently and had not competed for six weeks – the latest problem was a broken knuckle that meant she was forced to race in a cast – Roe was prominent throughout and was still in contention entering the home straight.
However, the 25-year-old former City of Edinburgh rider was unable to hold off a strong finish by Nikki Juniper (team Giordan-Triton) and had to settle for second spot, just ahead of team-mate Amy Roberts.
“I’m obviously a bit disappointed to lose the jersey,” said Roe, who has now finished in the top two for four consecutive years.
But she added: “I am really happy with silver, especially not having raced for six weeks.”
Her former City of Edinburgh colleague Charline Joiner (Team WNT), the bronze medallist last year, was 16th.
Meanwhile, Evan Oliphant (Team Raleigh-GAC) was the leading Scot in the men’s event, crossing the line in eighth place in a race won by Ian Bibby (NFTO).