Capital cyclist Evan Oliphant has moved clear at the head of the British Cycling Premier Calendar Series after finishing 15th in yesterday’s University of Lincoln Grand Prix.
Riding for Team Raleigh, Oliphant, who won the opening race in the competition, the Tour of the Reservoir, but lost out on top spot in the standings because of how time bonuses were awarded, produced a solid effort in the gruelling event.
The race was won by Team Sky rider Pete Kennaugh, a team pursuit gold medallist at last year’s London Olympics, who had not competed in the previous round. Racing for an Isle of Man Select squad, he powered clear near the end of the 13-lap, 102-mile event to win by 15 seconds from Marcin Bialoblocki of Team UK Youth.
Oliphant’s Australian colleague Lachlan Norris was third, two minutes 15 seconds down, with the Scot crossing the line in a small group a further 52 seconds adrift, but securing sufficient points to head the overall standings ahead of Chris Opie, who missed yesterday’s race through illness.
The six-race series continues next month with the Beaumont Trophy in Northumberland.