CYCLING: Kibble on form in Isle of Man tour
WILTSHIRE cyclist Pete Kibble finished second overall while representing his Sports Traider race team at the Isle of Man Youth Tour.
The 16-year-old, who lives in the hamlet of New Zealand, near Calne, was originally placed third but was upgraded after the discovery of a glitch in the timing system.
The opening stage was a time trial along Douglas Promenade, where Kibble was just three seconds behind the winner.
Stage two was a very hilly 36-kilometre race and, with two laps remaining, Kibble attacked on the steepest hill which strung the field out.
Within minutes though, the race was halted, due to a serious accident in the girls’ race which was taking place on the same circuit.
After 30 minutes, the boys’ race was restarted with two laps remaining and, on the last-lap uphill sprint to the line, Kibble finished third.
This moved the Wiltshire rider into second overall, just a second behind leader Ethan Hayter and a second ahead of Matty Walls, in third.
The final flat-race stage saw Kibble’s Sports Traider team dominating.
Kibble attacked out of the final hairpin turn and sprinted 350 metres to the line, finishing sixth.
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