Evan OLIPHANT became a father recently and the Capital cyclist showed that he was the daddy with a stunning overall win in the Tour of the Reservoir in Northumberland, which this year was extended to two days and was the opening round of the British Premier Calendar Road Race Series.
Racing for Team Raleigh, the 31-year-old multi-Scottish champion, who has fared well in the race in the past, was prominent on Saturday’s opening stage over 75 miles, featuring in a three-man breakaway that was reeled in over the final five kilometres. And he lost out in the finale, crossing the line in 12th spot, five seconds down on Chris Opie (UK Youth) who chalked up the win.
However, Oliphant produced an outstanding performance on yesterday’s 104-mile stage, covering all of the attempts by Opie’s team to protect his lead then breaking away late in the race to come home 13 seconds clear of his rival, who was runner up, and post his first series victory since 2006.
“I’ve been up there in this race quite a few times but I’ve never managed to pull off the win so it’s brilliant to get it,” said a delighted Oliphant.