Capital cyclist Evan Oliphant is one of eight Team Raleigh riders taking part in today’s star of the Tour de Yorkshire with a 174 kilometre stage from Bridlington to Scarborough.
The five times Scottish road race champion eatures in a field that includes Sir Bradley Wiggins, who is competing in the colours of Team Wiggins in what will be his final appearance on the road before switching to the track to prepare for next year’s Olympic Games.
The three-day race is a legacy of last year’s visit of the Tour de France to the county
Yorkshireman Ben Swift heads a strong Team Sky team and is among the favourites to take the title, while Tour de France stage winners Marcel Kittel (Team Giant-Alpecin) of Germany and Frenchman Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) will race for individual successes.
The race continues tomorrow with the haul from Selby to York which is suited to the sprinters and concludes on Sunday with a tough stage from Wakefield to Leeds when the climbers should come to the fore.