Pidcock looks on the bright side after elite Worlds debut

British cyclo-cross champion Tom Pidcock got his 2020 road season under way at the European Championships in late August
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The fact that Tom Pidcock trailed home in 42nd place in the road race at the UCI Road World Championships in Imola only told one side of a race that demonstrated once more that the British rider has a bright future at the top of the sport, and that British Cycling should remain committed to building a team around the 21-year-old.

The winner of this year’s Baby Giro, and the future Ineos rider, was a constant presence at the front of the peloton for the majority of his elite Worlds debut before eventually cracking on the final lap of the 258km race. This was by far the longest race of his career and under normal Worlds conditions he would have found himself in the U23 field, but with COVID-19 restricting the championships to Elite-only events, the British rider was allowed dispensation to move up a category. 

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Daniel Benson

Daniel Benson was the Editor in Chief at between 2008 and 2022. Based in the UK, he joined the Cyclingnews team in 2008 as the site's first UK-based Managing Editor. In that time, he reported on over a dozen editions of the Tour de France, several World Championships, the Tour Down Under, Spring Classics, and the London 2012 Olympic Games. With the help of the excellent editorial team, he ran the coverage on Cyclingnews and has interviewed leading figures in the sport including UCI Presidents and Tour de France winners.