The Briton, gold in cross country, grew up in the wake of Van Aert and Van der Poel. In 2020 he won the Amateur Tour
The category of Van Aert and Van der Poel. Boys blessed with talent who, riding a bike, give the idea of being able to lift the planet. Tom Pidcock, who took Olympic mountain bike gold around his neck four days after his 22nd birthday, is of that breed. “This five-wheel competition so ancient and so modern goes beyond cycling and sports. It has no borders and reaches everyone’s homes. I had never participated, I won on the first try. Huge, words fail me. Now I would like a golden bike as a gift… “.
You know that, barring surprises, this son of Leeds, the heart of Yorkshire, will be talked about for at least 10 good years, and then you knock on the door of those who know more than you to get your fill of information. A guy who always wears, when he competes, a necklace with the white rose symbol of his region, who has been cycling practically since he was born because dad organizes amateur races and had always brought it to us, that the first victory came in a race national team aged 14 (uphill finish above Scarborough). That his mother teaches aerobics in a gym, that his little brother Joe is in the nursery of the Groupama-Fdj, who has the assault on the big laps in his head and in August will begin to taste the Vuelta. “I put everything behind me, even recent injuries and bad luck. Now I want to celebrate with my loved ones who couldn’t come here. For the rest, time is all on my side ”. What limits can someone like him, multi-titled in cross (and absolute silver in 2020), U23 mountain bike world champion in the same year, capable of dominating the Giro d’Italia Under 23 in September 2020, also signing the stage with the Mortirolo, and thrill on the road in the first year among the greats, between the victory in the Freccia del Brabant and the second place at the Amstel Gold Race beaten in the photo finish by just a few millimeters by Van Aert. The question is purely academic, because they don’t seem to be there.
In Izu, Shizuoka prefecture, the less restrictive anti-Covid rules have allowed at least 5,000 spectators to enjoy a great show. Certainly the most awaited did not have fun, the Dutch Mathieu Van der Poel, the son and grandson of art who fell almost immediately because he said he did not know that a platform, present in the reconnaissance of the route, would have been removed (also if anyone reported that they actually knew about it). He got hurt, he left, but he had to retire. And neither did the Italy of coach Mirko Celestino (Kerschbaumer, 20th, the others worse) have fun, who in fact said: “Bad game, difficult to think of a worse result”. Curiously, the winner, who fled alone halfway through the race, won on a camouflaged BMC bike, because the manufacturer Fausto Pinarello, who equips him in his Ineos-Grenadiers team, has no longer dedicated himself to the off-road sector since 1996: Pidcock will now return to do so, both in cyclocross and in Mtb, and Tom will also collaborate on the development of the gravel product. Certainly, after Bernal’s triumph in the Giro, this is the second Olympic gold for team Ineos: it is paired with that of Ecuadorian Richard Carapaz. If that’s the wind, it’s not bad news for their partner Ganna.
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