Cycling: British title win close for Oliphant

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CAPITAL cyclist Evan Oliphant moved a step closer to securing the British Cycling Premier Calendar Series with a gutsy performance in yesterday’s Grand Prix of Wales, the penultimate race in the competition.

The Team Raleigh rider had to fight his way into the lead group after missing an early break and, having done so, he took seventh place behind New Zealander Mike Northey, who is now the only man capable of overhauling Oliphant when the series concludes at the Ryedale clung on for seventh place and the points he secured for that effort mean that only Northey can now catch him in the series standings.

Elsewhere, Anne Ewing of the Breast Cancer Care Cycling Team was a late addition to the field for the Essex Giro Two Day event, and she produced a consistent effort over all three stages to take third spot overall and extend her lead in the British Women’s Series with two races remaining.

Meanwhile, Callum Skinner finished fourth in the individual sprint at the European Under-23 Championships in Portugal. The Capital rider lost to Germany’s Erik Balzer in the semi-final then lost out to Hugo Haak of the Netherlands in the bronze medal decider.