Tom Pidcock: You can’t disagree with Amstel Gold Race photo finish

BERG NETHERLANDS APRIL 18 Wout Van Aert of Belgium and Team Jumbo Visma Thomas Pidcock of United Kingdom and Team INEOS Grenadiers during the 55th Amstel Gold Race 2021 Mens Elite a 2167km race from Valkenburg to Berg en Terblijt Amstelgoldrace amstelgoldrace on April 18 2021 in Berg Netherlands Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images
Tom Pidcock (Ineos Grenadiers) in move near final climb of Amstel Gold Race with Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Tom Pidcock (Ineos Grenadiers) displayed mixed feelings at the conclusion of a nail-biting edition of Amstel Gold Race after missing out on the win by just millimeters to Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma). The pair came together alongside Max Schachmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) with 15km to go after a series of attacks and groups blew the race to pieces on the climbs that littered the race, and with the line in sight, it was Van Aert who opened the sprint for the win with just under 200 metres remaining.

It looked as though Pidcock had the measure of his cyclo-cross rival, as he did in De Brabantse Pijl last week, but despite almost drawing level with Van Aert before the line the Jumbo rider was given the win after a tense wait and photo finish analysis. Schachmann, who attacked with 2km to go, settled for third on the line.

Van Aert initially thought that the win was his and celebrated at the line but he looked less than certain a few minutes later. Pidcock looked the faster at the line after gaining momentum and certain angles suggested that the Ineos rider had taken the win, but official confirmation of Van Aert’s win was made after an agonizing wait.

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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.