Tom Pidcock

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Tom Pidcock
Tom Pidcock - 2017 Tour Series (Durham, podium).jpg
Pidcock during the 2017 Tour Series
Personal information
Full nameThomas Pidcock
NicknamePidders
Born (1999-07-30) 30 July 1999 (age 20)
Leeds, Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Team information
Current teamTP Racing (cyclo-cross)
Team Wiggins Le Col (road)
DisciplineCyclo-cross, road, track
RoleRider
Amateur team(s)
2015–2017Great Britain Junior Academy (road, track)
2015–2017PH-MAS Oldfield/Paul Milnes Cycles ERT (road, cyclo-cross)
2018–TP Racing (cyclo-cross)
Professional team(s)
2017–2018Telenet–Fidea Lions (cyclo-cross)
2018–WIGGINS (road)
Major wins
Cyclo-cross
National Championships (2019)

Thomas "Tom" Pidcock (born 30 July 1999) is a British cyclist who currently competes in the cyclo-cross, road bicycle racing and track cycling disciplines of the sport. He is best known for winning the junior titles in the UEC European Cyclo-cross Championships at Pontchâteau, France in 2016, the UCI World Cyclo-cross Championships, at Bieles, Luxembourg in 2017 and the UCI World Time Trial Championships at Bergen, Norway in 2017.

Career[edit]

Junior career[edit]

After several high-ranking results during the 2015–2016 cyclo-cross season, including a top-five result in the junior race at the 2016 UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships at Circuit Zolder, Pidcock came to prominence in the junior ranks during 2016. In September, Pidcock took a road victory, winning the La Philippe Gilbert Juniors race by 21 seconds from his closest competitor.[1] Thereafter, Pidcock concentrated on the 2016–2017 cyclo-cross season; in October, Pidcock took a victory in the Superprestige at Zonhoven, just before the UEC European Cyclo-cross Championships at Pontchâteau, France. In the race, Pidcock was able to work his way into the lead on the third of eight laps, and was able to create a gap to the rest of the field, eventually taking the gold medal by 14 seconds clear of France's Nicolas Guillemin.[2][3]

Thereafter in November, Pidcock was able to claim victories at the Grand Prix van Hasselt,[4] and the Bollekescross DVV Trophy event,[5] as well as a first podium finish in the UCI Junior Cyclo-cross World Cup, with a third in Zeven, Germany.[6] Pidcock took his first win in the competition the following month in Namur, taking the victory around the city's citadel by almost a minute ahead of France's Antoine Benoist; he echoed previous celebrations of Peter Sagan and Mathieu van der Poel by wheelieing across the finish line.[7] The performances had caught the eye of Telenet–Fidea Lions team manager and former world champion Sven Nys, who was looking to sign Pidcock to his team.[8] In the run up to the 2017 UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships, Pidcock won his first British National Junior Cyclo-cross Championships title in Bradford,[9] and won a second World Cup race in the Grand Prix Adri van der Poel at Hoogerheide, leading teammate Ben Turner home in a 1–2 finish.[10][11]

With his form, Pidcock entered the World Championships as one of the junior race favourites.[10][12] On an icy course in Bieles, Luxembourg, Pidcock took the lead from France's Maxime Bonsergent on the second lap of the five-lap race,[13] and held onto the lead for the remainder of the race to take the rainbow jersey, the first British junior to do so since Roger Hammond in 1992.[14] Pidcock's teammates Dan Tulett and Ben Turner completed the top-three placings, for a British clean sweep of the podium.[15] Such was his performance, that Belgian media referred to him as a "mini-Sagan", in reference to Peter Sagan.[16]

Pidcock won the junior time trial at the 2017 UCI Road World Championships

In May 2017, while riding for the PH Mas–Paul Milnes–Oldfield team, Pidcock became the first guesting rider to win an individual round of the Tour Series criterium competition, soloing to victory in Durham.[17][18] In July he went on to win the elite race of the British National Circuit Race Championships in Sheffield, at only 17 years of age, attacking on the final climb on the final lap and taking the title ahead of Harry Tanfield and Jon Mould.[19] On 19 September 2017, he won the junior time trial at the UCI Road World Championships in Norway.[20]

Telenet–Fidea Lions[edit]

At the start of June 2017, Pidcock announced that he would join the Telenet–Fidea Lions team from October, on a two-year contract.[21] Pidcock made his début with the team at the Polderscross Brico Cross race on 14 October 2017, where he finished as part of a five-rider group – including the likes of Laurens Sweeck and Kevin Pauwels – in ninth place, 77 seconds down on race winner Mathieu van der Poel.[22] The following weekend, he took his first win for the team; on 21 October, he took victory in the under-23 race at the Niels Albert CX, held in Boom, as part of the Superprestige competition.[23] Pidcock finished eight seconds clear of his closest competitor, Adam Ťoupalík.[24] On 22 October, Pidcock again got the better of Ťoupalík in the first under-23 World Cup race of the season, at Koksijde.[25] In November, Pidcock took the silver medal in the under-23 race at the European Championships,[26] in Tábor, Czech Republic; Belgium's Eli Iserbyt out-sprinted him to the finish line in a two-up sprint but Pidcock raised his arm in protest,[27] claiming that Iserbyt had made an irregular sprint, boxing him in at the barriers. In December, it was announced that Pidcock would ride for WIGGINS in road races in 2018.[28] On 26 December 2017, Pidcock won his fourth World Cup race in as many starts, at the Grand Prix Erik De Vlaeminck held at Circuit Zolder.[29] With the victory, it gave him an unassailable lead in the World Cup standings, as a rider's best four scores (from seven races) count towards the classification.[30]

In the run up to the 2018 UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships, Pidcock won his first British National Under-23 Cyclo-cross Championships title in Hetton-le-Hole, winning the race by over a minute from his next closest competitor.[31]

Major results[edit]

Cyclo-cross[edit]

Road[edit]

2016
1st La Philippe Gilbert Juniors
Junior Tour of Wales
1st Stages 3 & 5
10th Overall Trofeo Karlsberg
2017
1st Jersey rainbow chrono.svg Time trial, UCI Junior Road World Championships
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Junior Tour of Wales
1st Stages 1 (ITT) & 5
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Grand Prix Rüebliland
1st Jersey black.svg Points classification
1st Stage 3 (ITT)
1st Paris–Roubaix Juniors
2nd Overall Aubel–Thimister–La Gleize
1st Stage 2a (TTT)
2nd Road race, National Junior Road Championships
4th Overall SPIE Internationale Juniorendriedaagse
5th Guido Reybrouck Classic
2018
1st East Cleveland–Klondike GP
3rd Time trial, National Under–23 Road Championships
6th Heistse Pijl
9th Rutland–Melton CiCLE Classic
2019
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Tour Alsace
1st Jersey blue.svg Young rider classification
1st Stage 2
1st Paris–Roubaix Espoirs
3rd Overall Le Triptyque des Monts et Châteaux
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
1st Stage 2b
5th Rutland–Melton CiCLE Classic
9th Overall Paris–Arras Tour
Criterium
2017
1st MaillotReinoUnido.PNG National Criterium Championships
1st Round 9 – Durham Tour Series
1st Barnsley
1st Lincoln
2018
1st Round 7 – Wembley Park Tour Series
1st Barnsley, National Circuit Series
1st Doncaster
2nd National Criterium Championships
2nd London Nocturne
2019
2nd Otley Grand Prix

Mountain Bike[edit]

2019
1st MaillotReinoUnido.PNG National Under–23 MTB Championships

Track[edit]

2017
1st MaillotReinoUnido.PNG Scratch race, National Junior Track Championships

References[edit]

  1. ^ Roduit, Mathieu (5 September 2016). "La Philippe Gilbert Juniors - Thomas Pidcock en solitaire" [La Philippe Gilbert Juniors - Thomas Pidcock solo]. Cyclism'Actu (in French). Swar Agency. Retrieved 28 January 2017.
  2. ^ "Classement de l'Epreuve | Final Classification: Men Juniors" (PDF). UEC.ch. Union Européenne de Cyclisme. 29 October 2016. Retrieved 28 January 2017.
  3. ^ "European Cyclo-cross Championships: Pidcock takes Junior title". Cyclingnews.com. Immediate Media Company. 30 October 2016. Retrieved 28 January 2017.
  4. ^ "Soudal GP Hasselt (BEL) : Résultats" [Soudal GP Hasselt (BEL) : Results]. CX Stats (in French). Labourés Médias. 19 November 2016. Retrieved 28 January 2017.
  5. ^ "Pidcock takes Flandriencross Hamme juniors win". Cyclingnews.com. Immediate Media Company. 27 November 2016. Retrieved 28 January 2017.
  6. ^ "Camps victorious in Zeven". Cyclingnews.com. Immediate Media Company. 26 November 2016. Retrieved 28 January 2017.
  7. ^ "Tom Pidcock wins junior men's race at Namur cyclo-cross world cup". British Cycling. British Cycling Federation. 19 December 2016. Retrieved 28 January 2017.
  8. ^ "Nys keen to sign British cyclo-cross talent Tom Pidcock". Cyclingnews.com. Immediate Media Company. 5 January 2017. Retrieved 28 January 2017.
  9. ^ "Nikki Brammeier and Ian Field clinch 2017 national cyclocross titles". Cycling Weekly. Time Inc. UK. Snowdon Sports. 8 January 2017. Retrieved 28 January 2017. European Junior Champion Tom Pidcock showed his superiority in the junior event in front of his home crowd to clinch his first national stripes.
  10. ^ a b "Brits Pidcock and Turner Storm Hoogerheide, Look Primed for Worlds". Cyclocross Magazine. PFS. 24 January 2017. Retrieved 28 January 2017.
  11. ^ "Pidcock claims Hoogerheide World Cup victory". Cyclingnews.com. Immediate Media Company. 22 January 2017. Retrieved 28 January 2017.
  12. ^ "2017 UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships: five titles at stake in Bieles". UCI.ch. Union Cycliste Internationale. 26 January 2017. Retrieved 28 January 2017. Nevertheless, the top favourite appears to be 17-year-old European Champion Thomas Pidcock (Great-Britain), who's regarded to be a super talent.
  13. ^ "Race Overview". ChronoRace. ChronoRace.be Chronometrage. 28 January 2017. Retrieved 28 January 2017.
  14. ^ Decaluwé, Brecht (28 January 2017). "Cyclo-cross Worlds: Pidcock leads British clean sweep in junior men race". Cyclingnews.com. Immediate Media Company. Retrieved 28 January 2017.
  15. ^ O'Brien, Tom (28 January 2017). "Pidcock leads British 1-2-3 at the UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships". British Cycling. British Cycling Federation. Retrieved 28 January 2017.
  16. ^ "Mini-Sagan geeft Belgische junioren dreun op WK" [Mini-Sagan gives Belgian juniors a pounding at the World Championship]. Het Nieuwsblad (in Dutch). Mediahuis. 28 January 2017. Retrieved 28 January 2017.
  17. ^ "Perfection from Pidcock as JLT Condor extend Tour Series lead". Tour Series. SweetSpot. 27 May 2017. Retrieved 28 May 2017.
  18. ^ "Individual Classification: Round 10 - Durham" (PDF). Tour Series. SweetSpot. 27 May 2017. Retrieved 28 May 2017.
  19. ^ "Pidcock and Archibald take maiden titles at HSBC UK National Circuit Championships". British Cycling. Retrieved 4 August 2017.
  20. ^ "Britain's Tom Pidcock claims junior time trial title at 2017 World Championships - Cycling Weekly". Cycling Weekly. Time Inc. UK. 19 September 2017. Retrieved 28 September 2017.
  21. ^ Windsor, Richard (1 June 2017). "Junior British star Tom Pidcock signs first pro contract with Telenet Fidea Lions cyclocross team". Cycling Weekly. Time Inc. UK. Retrieved 1 June 2017.
  22. ^ "Van Der Poel wins in Kruibeke". Cyclingnews.com. Immediate Media Company. 14 October 2017. Retrieved 14 October 2017.
  23. ^ "Toptalent Pidcock pakt allereerste U23-zege" [Top talent Pidcock takes his very first U23 victory]. Telenet Superprestige (in Dutch). Telenet. 21 October 2017. Retrieved 21 October 2017.
  24. ^ "Topsport Vlaanderen Superprestige voor Int. beloften U23" [Topsport Vlaanderen Superprestige for Int. promises U23] (PDF). Telenet Superprestige (in Dutch). Telenet. 21 October 2017. Retrieved 21 October 2017.
  25. ^ "Britain's Tom Pidcock wins first under-23 UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup race". British Cycling. British Cycling Federation. 22 October 2017. Retrieved 22 October 2017.
  26. ^ "European Cyclo-cross Championships: Iserbyt beats Pidcock to under-23 men's crown". Cyclingnews.com. Immediate Media Company. 5 November 2017. Retrieved 5 November 2017.
  27. ^ "Iserbyt verslaat onklopbare Pidcock en kroont zich tot Europees kampioen" [Iserbyt defeats unbeatable Pidcock and crowns himself as European champion]. Het Nieuwsblad. Mediahuis. 5 November 2017. Retrieved 5 November 2017. Pidcock diende nog klacht in, maar dat bracht geen soelaas. [Pidcock filed a complaint yet it brought no solace.]
  28. ^ Wynn, Nigel (20 December 2017). "Tom Pidcock signs to Team Wiggins for 2018". Cycling Weekly. Time Inc. UK. Retrieved 2 January 2018.
  29. ^ "Pidcock guarantees 2017/18 Telenet UCI Cyclo-Cross World Cup U23 crown with Belgium victory". British Cycling. British Cycling Federation. Sportsbeat. 26 December 2017. Retrieved 14 January 2018.
  30. ^ "Part 5 Cyclo-cross" (PDF). UCI.ch. Union Cycliste Internationale. 28 June 2017. p. 21. Retrieved 14 January 2018.
  31. ^ Goddard, Ben (14 January 2018). "Wyman wins tenth title as Ferguson gets first at 2018 HSBC UK | National Cyclo-Cross Championships". British Cycling. British Cycling Federation. Retrieved 14 January 2018. Telenet Fidea Lions' Tom Pidcock took his first Under-23 national title in emphatic style using his skill and strength to ride away from his rivals and win by almost a minute – even bowing for the crowd on the line.

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