Tom Pidcock

Thomas Pidcock (born 30 July 1999) is a British cyclist, who currently competes in the cyclo-cross, mountain bike and road bicycle racing disciplines of the sport for UCI WorldTeam Ineos Grenadiers.[3][4] 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.

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 21)
Leeds, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)[1]
Weight50 kg (110 lb)[2]
Team information
Current teamIneos Grenadiers
Disciplines
  • Cyclo-cross
  • Road
  • Mountain biking
  • Track
RoleRider
Amateur teams
2015–2017Great Britain Junior Academy (road, track)
2015–2017PH-MAS Oldfield/Paul Milnes Cycles (road, cyclo-cross)
Professional teams
2017–2018Telenet–Fidea Lions (cyclo-cross)
2018–2019WIGGINS (road)
2018–2021TP Racing (cyclo-cross, road)
2021–Ineos Grenadiers
Major wins
Cyclo-cross
National Championships (2019, 2020)
Road

One-day races and Classics

Brabantse Pijl (2021)
Medal record
Representing  Great Britain
Men's cyclo-cross
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2017 Bieles Junior race
Gold medal – first place 2019 Bogense Under–23 race
Silver medal – second place 2020 Dübendorf Elite
European Championships
Gold medal – first place 2016 Pontchâteau Junior race
Gold medal – first place 2018 Rosmalen Under–23 race
Silver medal – second place 2017 Tábor Under–23 race
Men's road bicycle racing
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2017 Bergen Junior time trial
Bronze medal – third place 2019 Yorkshire Under–23 road race
Men's mountain bike racing
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2020 Leogang E-MTB Cross-country
Gold medal – first place 2020 Leogang Under–23 Cross-country

CareerEdit

Junior careerEdit

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.[5] 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.[6][7]

Thereafter in November, Pidcock was able to claim victories at the Grand Prix van Hasselt,[8] and the Bollekescross DVV Trophy event,[9] as well as a first podium finish in the UCI Junior Cyclo-cross World Cup, with a third in Zeven, Germany.[10] 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.[11] 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.[12] 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,[13] 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.[14][15]

With his form, Pidcock entered the World Championships as one of the junior race favourites.[14][16] 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,[17] 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.[18] Pidcock's teammates Dan Tulett and Ben Turner completed the top-three placings, for a British clean sweep of the podium.[19] Such was his performance, that Belgian media referred to him as a "mini-Sagan", in reference to Peter Sagan.[20]

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

In April 2017, two and a half months after his win at the Junior World Cyclo-cross Championships, Pidcock won Paris–Roubaix Juniors, breaking clear with a solo attack on the Carrefour de l'Arbre 15 km (9.3 mi) from the finish.[21] 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.[22][23] 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.[24] In addition to his success in cyclo-cross, criteriums and road racing, in August he took honours on the track when he won the junior British National Scratch Championships.[25] On 19 September 2017, he won the junior time trial at the UCI Road World Championships in Norway.[26]

Telenet–Fidea LionsEdit

At the start of June 2017, Pidcock announced that he would join the Telenet–Fidea Lions team from October, on a two-year contract.[27] 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.[28] 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.[29] Pidcock finished eight seconds clear of his closest competitor, Adam Ťoupalík.[30] On 22 October, Pidcock again got the better of Ťoupalík in the first under-23 World Cup race of the season, at Koksijde.[31] In November, Pidcock took the silver medal in the under-23 race at the European Championships,[32] 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,[33] 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.[34] 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.[35] 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.[36]

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.[37] However, despite being considered the favourite for the Under-23 title at the Worlds, he could only finish 15th after enduring a poor start to the race when he lost his footing on the pedals.[38]

TP Racing, WIGGINS and TrinityEdit

In August 2018 it was announced that Pidcock and Telenet–Fidea Lions had mutually agreed to end their contract to allow Pidcock to join new British cyclo-cross team TP Racing. The team was established by rider agency Trinity Sports Management, and a spokesperson for Trinity indicated that the new team would be built around Pidcock.[39] The team made their debut in October 2018.[40] During the 2018–19 season, Pidcock won a second Under-23 Cyclo-cross World Cup,[41] the Under-23 Superprestige,[42] the Under-23 European Championship,[43] and the Under-23 World Championship,[44] as well as the senior British National Championship.[41]

After the cyclo-cross season, Pidcock added to his success at Paris-Roubaix Juniors two years previously by winning Paris–Roubaix Espoirs in June 2019 in the colours of Wiggins Le Col. Pidcock and Johan Jacobs attacked off the front of a nine-man leading group with 25 km (16 mi) to go: Pidcock attacked again and left Jacobs behind with less than 20 km (12 mi) to go and rode solo to the finish to take the win, making him the first British rider to win the Under-23 version of the race.[45] He made a successful transition to another discipline the following month, when he won the Under-23 British National Mountain Biking Championship in Cannock Chase with a sprint from a three-man group at the finish of the race.[46] At the 2019 UCI Road World Championships, held on home roads in Yorkshire, Pidcock crossed the finish line of the Under-23 road race in fourth, although this was subsequently promoted to third as the initial apparent winner Nils Eekhoff was subsequently disqualified.[47]

TP Racing were rebranded to Trinity Racing for the 2019–20 cyclo-cross season, with Pidcock stepping up to a full season of senior elite competition for the first time.[42][48] He scored four top ten finishes in the Cyclo-cross World Cup, before claiming the silver medal at the World Championships behind Van der Poel,[49] as well as retaining his British national title.[50] In February 2020 it was announced that Pidcock would also ride for Trinity Racing on the road as the team would branch out into road racing for the 2020 season, after Wiggins Le Col folded part way through 2019.[51] After racing in 2020 was interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, Pidcock returned to competition in August, making his debut in international mountain biking competition at the French Cup cross-country race at Alpe d'Huez, where he finished ninth, before competing at the Transmaurienne Vanoise, where he finished fourth overall, won three of the five stages and placed on the podium in the other two. On the road, he finished fourth in the Under-23 time trial at the 2020 European Road Championships, before heading to the Giro Ciclistico d'Italia: after losing time on the first stage in hot conditions, he won stage 4 in a breakaway to take the leader's pink jersey, and went on to win stages 7 and 8 to secure the overall race win.[52][53]

In September, Pidcock rode at the Road World Championships in Imola, where he made his debut in the elite road race as leader of the British team, having been given dispensation to step up after the championships' under-23 and junior races were cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic. He finished the 258 km (160 mi) race - the longest one-day race of his career so far - in 42nd place, staying near the front of the peloton for most of the race before fading on the final lap. He stated that he was pleased with his performance and received plaudits from the Team GB's road captain Luke Rowe.[54] The following month he rounded off his season by switching back to mountain biking, making his debut in the Mountain Bike World Cup at Nové Město na Moravě where he won the two under-23 races at the meeting, despite starting from the back of the grid in both races. His fastest lap in each of the races was seven seconds quicker than the fastest riders in the elite races.[55] He then went to the Mountain Bike World Championships in Leogang where he picked up two rainbow jerseys, winning the e-mountain bike world title with a 35-second lead over the second-placed rider[56] before going on to be crowned under-23 world champion by almost two minutes.[57]

Ineos GrenadiersEdit

In September 2020 Ineos Grenadiers announced that Pidcock would join them from the 2021 season.[58] He was initially scheduled to join the team from 1 March, following the conclusion of the 2020–21 cyclo-cross season.[59] In January 2021, it was announced that Pidcock was to join the team on 1 February.[3][60]On 14 April 2021 Pidcock won the Brabanste Pijl before Wout van Aert and in the Amstel Gold Race Pidcock came second after a photo finish behind Wout Van Aert.

Major resultsEdit

Cyclo-crossEdit

2015–2016
Junior National Trophy Series
1st Derby
1st Durham
1st Ipswich
1st Bradford
UCI Junior World Cup
2nd Grand Prix Adri van der Poel
5th UCI World Junior Championships
8th UEC European Junior Championships
2016–2017
1st   UCI World Junior Championships
1st   UEC European Junior Championships
1st   National Junior Championships
1st Junior Grand Prix van Hasselt
3rd Overall UCI Junior World Cup
1st Cyclo-cross Namur
1st Grand Prix Adri van der Poel
3rd Poldercross Zeven
Junior Superprestige
1st Cyclo-cross Zonhoven
Junior DVV Trophy
1st Flandriencross
Junior Brico Cross
1st Vestingcross
1st Polderscross
Junior National Trophy Series
1st Derby
1st Houghton-Le-Spring
2017–2018
1st   National Under-23 Championships
1st   Overall UCI Under-23 World Cup
1st Duinencross Koksijde
1st CrossDenmark
1st Cyclo-cross Namur
1st Grand Prix Erik De Vlaeminck
2nd Grand Prix Adri van der Poel
Under-23 Superprestige
1st Cyclo-cross Boom
1st Cyclo-cross Gavere
1st Superprestige Diegem
1st Noordzeecross
Under-23 DVV Trophy
1st Koppenbergcross
2nd Azencross
3rd Grand Prix Sven Nys
National Trophy Series
1st Abergavenny
2nd   UEC European Under-23 Championships
2018–2019
1st   National Championships
1st   UCI World Under-23 Championships
1st   UEC European Under-23 Championships
1st   Overall UCI Under-23 World Cup
1st Cyklokros Tábor
1st Duinencross Koksijde
1st Cyclo-cross Namur
1st Cyclo-cross Pont-Château
Under-23 DVV Trophy
1st Krawatencross
Superprestige
1st Under-23 classification
2nd Kasteelcross Zonnebeke
Brico Cross
3rd Vestingcross
2019–2020
1st   National Championships
2nd   UCI World Championships
DVV Trophy
2nd Koppenbergcross
3rd Grand Prix Sven Nys
Ethias Cross
2nd Vestingcross
3rd Cyclo-cross Beringen
3rd Grand Prix Rouwmoer
2nd Kermiscross
2nd Vlaamse Druivenveldrit Overijse
Superprestige
1st Under-23 classification
3rd Cyclo-cross Boom
Rectavit Series
3rd Waaslandcross
2020–2021
Superprestige
1st Cyclo-cross Gavere
2nd Cyclo-cross Gullegem
UCI World Cup
3rd Cyclo-cross Namur
3rd Vestingcross
3rd Vlaamse Druivenveldrit Overijse
X²O Badkamers Trophy
3rd Scheldecross Antwerpen
3rd Grand Prix Sven Nys
Ethias Cross
3rd Grand Prix Rouwmoer

RoadEdit

2016
1st La Philippe Gilbert Juniors
Junior Tour of Wales
1st Stages 3 & 5
10th Overall Trofeo Karlsberg
2017
1st   Time trial, UCI Junior Road World Championships
1st   Overall Junior Tour of Wales
1st Stages 1 (ITT) & 5
1st   Overall Grand Prix Rüebliland
1st   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   Overall Tour Alsace
1st   Young rider classification
1st Stage 2
1st Paris–Roubaix Espoirs
3rd Overall Le Triptyque des Monts et Châteaux
1st   Points classification
1st Stage 2b
3rd   Road race, UCI Road World Under-23 Championships
5th Rutland–Melton CiCLE Classic
9th Overall Paris–Arras Tour
2020
1st   Overall Giro Ciclistico d'Italia
1st   Mountains classification
1st Stages 4, 7 & 8
4th Time trial, UEC European Under-23 Road Championships
2021
1st Brabantse Pijl
2nd Amstel Gold Race
3rd Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne
5th Strade Bianche
6th La Flèche Wallonne

Classics results timelineEdit

Monument 2021
Milan–San Remo 15
Tour of Flanders 41
Paris–Roubaix
Liège–Bastogne–Liège
Giro di Lombardia
Classic 2021
Omloop Het Nieuwsblad 55
Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne 3
Strade Bianche 5
E3 Saxo Bank Classic 25
Dwars door Vlaanderen 43
Brabantse Pijl 1
Amstel Gold Race 2
La Flèche Wallonne 6
Criterium
2017
1st   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 BikeEdit

2019
1st   National Under-23 XCO Championships
2020
UCI World Championships
1st   E-MTB Cross-country
1st   Under-23 Cross-country
1st   Overall UCI Under-23 XCO World Cup
1st Nové Město #1
1st Nové Město #2
1st Alpe d’Huez, Under-23 XCO French Cup
4th Overall Transmaurienne Vanoise
1st   Under-23 rider classification
1st Stages 3, 4 & 5
2021
1st Leukerbad, Swiss Bike Cup

TrackEdit

2017
1st   Scratch race, National Junior Track Championships

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