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Matt Kipling – Success at Gifford for the MTS Cyclesport Team

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Matt Kipling
Matt Kipling.

Yes, we know – we should have been at Gifford at the weekend for the first big race of the Scottish season but fear not; no report but there is an exclusive interview with the winner, Mr. Matt Kipling.

Here’s what he had to say to VeloVeritas just a day or two after the dust had settled.

Tell us how the Gifford race panned out, Matt – were you up on your own or with a team?

“I’m in a team of two this year with James Moss. He was unable to race this weekend but for the rest of the year we are doing the same races. We are both returning to our original sponsor, MTS Cyclesport in Durham.

We have always got support from them even when riding for other teams and they have managed to get us sponsorship from Scott UK who have supplied us with the top Addict bikes to race on.

“It was at the half way point in the race that the break formed with about eight riders and we managed to get organised, gaining about a one minute lead. Then, in the last lap and a half the attacks started and we stopped working together.

“I never really thought about winning before the race but I managed to save my energy while others were attacking each other and as the final lap went on I noticed people’s legs going and I felt good.

“I was happy to leave it to the uphill sprint and I went at 200m to go, which was earlier than I wanted into the wind, and was surprised that no one came around me.”

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