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Tom Pidcock dominates European championship MTB cross nation race


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Tom Pidcock overcame an early crash to romp to solo victory on the European cross nation mountain bike championships Friday.

Pidcock (Nice Britain) crossed the road 10 seconds forward of nearest chasers Sebastian Carstensen (Denmark) and Filippo Colombo (Switzerland) after driving a protracted lonely time trial by way of the back-half of the race across the Munich Olympiapark. Prime challenger Mathias Flückiger was not racing after a doping violation.

The European championship marks a key stepping stone for Pidcock in his mission to win the MTB rainbow jersey at Les Will get subsequent weekend.

“It’s definitely a superb indication of my kind,” Pidcock stated as he previewed subsequent weekend’s race for rainbows.

“Perhaps I went a bit early, it’s laborious out entrance by yourself. However my intention was to make it laborious for myself, as a result of subsequent week is the massive aim, so it was a superb day I feel.”

Pidcock bounced again from a crash within the first nook and labored his approach again by way of the pack Friday.

The Ineos Grenadier drew out Victory Koretzky in the midst of the race earlier than dropping the Frenchman to start out his lengthy solo towards the title.

The European title provides to a brimming multi-disciplinary palmarès that features Olympic MTB gold, a cyclocross world title, and  a stage victory on the current Tour de France.

Pidcock hadn’t raced in any self-discipline since a debut Tour de France that landed him a top-20 end and breakaway victory atop Alpe d’Huez earlier than he charged out of the beginning gate Friday.

“It wasn’t simple after the Tour. I had per week of downtime and simply driving my bike then I had a few weeks at altitude. It’s been bizarre. Sensations I by no means felt earlier than, feeling jaded and drained,” he stated. “However I obtained some good coaching in and got here down from altitude and felt much more myself.”

Subsequent weekend’s world championships in Les Will get gained’t mark the tip of a season that Pidcock began on the Volta ao Algarve in February.

The 23-year-old will kind a central a part of Nice Britain’s push at a highway world title in Wollongong, Australia, mid-September.

“Switching again to highway once more, it’s not so unhealthy,” he stated. “I obtained a superb base within the Tour, now a little bit of excessive depth, then again on the highway. Who is aware of. It’s going to be a protracted season however I’m going to strive my finest to be in high form subsequent week and in a month and a half’s time [at road worlds].

 



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