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Tom Pidcock wins E-MTB title at UCI MTB Worlds

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The podium (l to r): Jerome Gilloux, Tom Pidcock, Simon Andreassen

The podium (l to r): Jerome Gilloux, Tom Pidcock, Simon Andreassen (Image credit: Rob Jones)
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The start of the men's race

The start of the men's race (Image credit: Rob Jones)
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Jerome Gilloux (France) was the early leader

Jerome Gilloux (France) was the early leader (Image credit: Rob Jones)
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Tom Pidcock (Great Britain)

Tom Pidcock (Great Britain) (Image credit: Rob Jones)
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Under all that mud is Great Britain’s Tom Pidcock

Under all that mud is Great Britain’s Tom Pidcock (Image credit: Rob Jones)
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Tom Pidcock (Great Britain) en route to victory

Tom Pidcock (Great Britain) en route to victory (Image credit: Rob Jones)
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Tom Pidcock (Great Britain) wins

Tom Pidcock (Great Britain) wins (Image credit: Rob Jones)
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Jerome Gilloux (France) takes second place

Jerome Gilloux (France) takes second place (Image credit: Rob Jones)
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Simon Andreassen (Denmark) takes third

Simon Andreassen (Denmark) takes third (Image credit: Rob Jones)
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Tom Pidcock prepares for post race interview

Tom Pidcock prepares for post race interview (Image credit: Rob Jones)
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Awards for #1

Awards for #1 (Image credit: Rob Jones)
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Jerome Gilloux (France) navigates a muddy, rooty corner

Jerome Gilloux (France) navigates a muddy, rooty corner (Image credit: Rob Jones)
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Jerome Gilloux (France)

Jerome Gilloux (France) (Image credit: Rob Jones)

Tom Pidcock won the E-MTB event at the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in Austria on Wednesday, soloing to victory 35 seconds ahead of his nearest competitor in the second year of the event.

The 21-year-old Briton beat Frenchman Jérôme Gilloux into second place, while Denmark's Simon Andreassen took third place, 49 seconds back.

After a slow first lap that put him 55 seconds behind leader Jerome Gilloux (France), Pidcock recorded the fastest laps for each of the remaining four laps, moving up to third by the end of Lap 2, second a lap later, and passing the Frenchman early in the last lap, to eventually win by 35 seconds. 

Pidcock came into the race having won both U23 World Cup XCO races last week. Simon Andreassen (Denmark), winner of an Elite World Cup a week earlier, made a similar surge to take the bronze medal, 14 seconds out of silver.

"The downhill sections were super tricky," said Pidcock, "and it was just a matter of getting down them safely and try not to crash. I tried to make my time on the uphills. This win gives me a lot of confidence [before the U23 XCO on Friday]. Winning here and last week gives me confidence for Friday."

Pidcock has enjoyed a stellar 2020 season, taking silver medal at the UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships in Switzerland and winning the U23 Giro d'Italia last month before taking part in the elite men's road race at the Worlds in Imola.

He'll move on from Trinity Racing to WorldTour squad Ineos Grenadiers next season, his signature announced by the team at the end of September.

Results
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Thomas Pidcock (GBr) 1:01:41
2Jérôme Gilloux (Fra) 0:00:35
3Simon Andreassen (Den) 0:00:49
4Martino Fruet (Ita) 0:01:21
5Joris Ryf (Swi) 0:02:49
6Charlie Mullins (USA) 0:03:39
7Jeroen Van Eck (Ned) 0:04:13
8Jürg Graf (Swi) 0:04:20
9Matthew Lombardi (RSA) 0:05:54
10Emanuel Pombo (Por) 0:06:32
11Simon Vitzthum (Swi) 0:06:52
12José Borges (Por) 0:07:00
13Gustav Wildhaber (Swi) 0:07:12
14Alexandre Cure (Fra) 0:07:32
15Andreas Moser (Swi) 0:07:49
16Tiago Ladeira (Por) 0:08:12
17Ursin Spescha (Swi) 0:08:26
18Kjell Van den Boogert (Ned) 0:09:31
19Sven Nys (Bel) 0:09:55
20Ovidiu Tudor Oprea (Rom) 0:10:18
21Lubos Stano (Svk) 0:10:36
22Marco Aurelio Fontana (Ita) 0:10:47
23Matthias Alberti (Ger) 0:12:14
24Gialuca Furlani (Ita) 0:12:37
25Albert Guenter Erich Morgen Junior (Bra) 0:16:35
26Charles Murray (NZl) 0:18:48
27Martin Knapec (Svk)Lap
28Jakub Varhanovsky (Svk)Lap
29Benjamin Vibert (Fra)Lap
30Simone Fabbri (Ita)Lap
31Jean Pierre Bruni (Fra)Lap
32Natan Patrois (Fra)Lap
33Nat Ross (USA)Lap
Julien Absalon (Fra)DNF
Kenta Gallagher (GBr)DNF
Erick Eduardo Bruske (Bra)DNF
Vittorio Gambirasio (Ita)DNF
Jochen Käß (Ger)DNF
Michael Lenherr (Swi)DNF
Andrea Garibbo (Ita)DNF
Jack Reading (GBr)DNF
Alan Hatherly (RSA)DNS
David Harrison (USA)DNS
Gábor Cser (Hun)DNS
András Szatmáry (Hun)DNS

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