Tom Pidcock finishes fourth in 'gutsy ride' at Cyclo-cross Worlds

OOSTENDE BELGIUM JANUARY 31 Thomas Pidcock of United Kingdom Sea Sand Beach during the 72nd UCI CycloCross World Championships Oostende 2021 Men Elite UCICX CXWorldCup Ostend2021 CX on January 31 2021 in Oostende Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images
Tom Pidcock of Great Britain would finish fourth in Elite Men's race Sunday (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

There was much ado about an anticipated one-hour battle for the cyclo-cross rainbow jersey between Mathieu van der Poel (Netherlands) and Wout van Aert (Belgium), a two-up sprint never materializing for Van der Poel’s fourth World title. After Van Aert lost ground due a punctured front wheel on the third lap, taking the air out of that story line, the drama moved to the final podium spot.

Belgian Toon Aerts and Briton Tom Pidcock took over in a dual for the bronze in the elite men’s race at the UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships. From the sand and surf and muddy track at Ostend, Belgium, Aerts would sprint for bronze, his third consecutive placement at Worlds, as a fast-finishing Pidcock closed him down in the closing corners. 

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Jackie Tyson
North American Production editor

Jackie has been involved in professional sports for more than 30 years in news reporting, sports marketing and public relations. She founded Peloton Sports in 1998, a sports marketing and public relations agency, which managed projects for Tour de Georgia, Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah and USA Cycling. She also founded Bike Alpharetta Inc, a Georgia non-profit to promote safe cycling. She is proud to have worked in professional baseball for six years - from selling advertising to pulling the tarp for several minor league teams. She has climbed l'Alpe d'Huez three times (not fast). Her favorite road and gravel rides are around horse farms in north Georgia (USA) and around lavender fields in Provence (France), and some mtb rides in Park City, Utah (USA).