PLOWMAN CRAVEN TAKE FIRST AND SECOND AT SEA OTTER WARM-UP

Evan Oliphant

Plowman Craven's Evan Oliphant won the Sea Otter pro road race in Monterey, California, on Friday.

He beat his team-mate Simon Richardson into second place by 30 seconds, a warm-up event for the 71-mile NRC Circuit Race sponsored by SRAM.

Oliphant then took seventh in Saturday's main event, which was won by Michael Granbinger Jr of Team Successful Living. Rachel Heal was third in the women's race.

Talking to reporters in the United States about his win, Oliphant said: "I just gave everything in the last couple of kilometres and it worked out perfectly.

"I was on my own, just trying to hold on," said the Scot. "I thought Simon was the strongest but I saw an opportunity to go on my own at the end so I just went."

Oliphant won the 69-mile race, which covered eight laps of an 8.5-mile circuit in a time of three hours, one minute.

Thank you for reading 5 articles this month* Join now for unlimited access

Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription

Join now for unlimited access

Try first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

Founded in 1891, Cycling Weekly and its team of expert journalists brings cyclists in-depth reviews, extensive coverage of both professional and domestic racing, as well as fitness advice and 'brew a cuppa and put your feet up' features. Cycling Weekly serves its audience across a range of platforms, from good old-fashioned print to online journalism, and video.