Story posted June 14, 2010, by Gerry McManus for CyclePremier.com – Metaltek
Two in the top ten for CyclePremier.com – Metaltek at Kettering Tour Series race
Tony Gibb and Jason White finished high up in the results in the Kettering round of the Halfords Tour Series in Kettering town centre on Thursday June 10th.
Above: Jason White in action at Kettering – Photo by line SplitSecondImages.co.uk
Gibb finished third in the bunch sprint and fifth on the night after two riders had gone clear in the closing laps. White sprinted into seventh place in the charging bunch. British road race champion Kristian House (Rapha Condor Sharp) won the race ahead of Simon Richardson (Sigma – Specialised).
Simon Wilson was the third counter for CyclePremier.com – Metaltek and the team consolidated their seventh place in the team standings after six events. The team is now only four points behind Team Raleigh who are in fifth place. Team manager Rod Freeman believes that the team is improving and that fifth place in the tough series is still the target.
“Jason and Tony are consistently giving us a platform to do well in the team results but our third counter place is costing us valuable points,” said Freeman: “The nature of the race means that every position in the bunch sprint is being fought for and it’s tough to finish even in 26th place. We still have young riders in the team and they are learning the hard way racing against experienced professionals who make their living out of cycle racing. The full time pros won’t to give an inch to anyone. We finished as third team in Exeter and I am sure we can do it again. Fifth place in the team rankings is still within our grasp.”
Jason White explained how his race went. “It was a quick race last night,” said White: “My form is excellent at the moment and my legs aren’t the problem. I need to be more tactical and a bit more aggressive to get up there for a podium position. It is certainly not a leg thing, as I have felt good in every race so far. I was unlucky to crash in the first race in London and that did put me off a bit in the wet race at Portsmouth but the last two rounds have been fine.”
“It would just be a little bit nicer to be nearer the podium really,” continued the 37-year-old professional from Essex: “I just need to work hard at getting and keeping the right position. You need to a bit pushy as it can get very dirty at the end. I was in third place in the bunch with a lap to go which was absolutely perfect but I was pushed off the wheel and it’s likely to have cost me a couple of places in the results.”
The next Tour Series race is at Peterborough on Tuesday 15th June.