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Preview: Juniper leads British Cycling Women’s Road Series ahead of Hillingdon Grand Prix

Preview: Juniper leads British Cycling Women’s Road Series ahead of Hillingdon Grand Prix

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Emily Kay will aim to make it back-to-back wins at the Hillingdon Grand Prix when the British Cycling Women’s Road Series resumes this Sunday.

Kay sprinted to victory in London last year and will target a repeat performance at the 80-kilometre race to earn her first points in this year’s series.

Injury ended the 18-year-old’s Women’s Tour prematurely but the junior team pursuit world champion has since returned to competitive action.

With two rounds complete in the series, the in-form Nicola Juniper has formed an early lead with 54 points.

Juniper was victorious at the Alexandra Tour of the Reservoir and backed up the result with fourth place at the Cheshire Classic, won by Katie Archibald.

The 32-year-old recently took the overall victory in the 3 Days of Bedford Women's Stage Race to extend her excellent form.

And with nine rounds remaining in the series, Juniper will need to continue collecting points if she is to build a serious challenge for the title.

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Molly Weaver (Epic Cycles - Scott WRT) and Lowri Devey (Abergavenny RC) sit in second, 14 points adrift of Juniper.

Devey is not set to start in London while a win for Weaver could see the 20-year-old usurp Juniper at the top of the overall rankings.

After commanding wins at the Cheshire Classic and Milk Race, Katie Archibald misses the race though Charline Joiner (Pearl Izumi-Sports Tours International) is set to start as she continues her road to recovery after breaking her back at the start of the year in Spain.

The 26-year-old finished fourth overall in the 2013 series before the career-threatening injury.

Teammate Gabriella Shaw joins her on the start line though Hayley Jones, second at the Cheshire Classic, is due to miss the race, Jones and Shaw in sixth and seventh overall respectively.

The Hillingdon Grand Prix starts at 2.10pm on Sunday 1 June, with a men’s race preceding it at 11.50am.

Riders will complete 47 laps of the course, a total of 50 miles.