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by Mark Zalewski
February 14, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: With more UCI safety provisions on the way, teams’ group says progress is being made; Tour of Oman begins Tuesday with wide open field; Landa ready to begin 2017 campaign; Meersman deals with life after cycling; Cyclocross junior world champ pondering dual CX/road career; Tour de Galiyat brings rival nations together; Rapha’s London Nocturne race expanding; Where cycling is hazardous to your health; Wiggins leaves ‘The Jump’ with leg fracture; Video: Tony Spray – Poetry in Paint; Video: Training camp with Wanty-Groupe Gobert; Video: Valverde shows off ace bike handling skills.
The recently crowned UCI Junior World Champion in cyclocross, Briton Thomas Pidcock, is rightly being courted by many teams for the future. Het Laatste Niews reports that one of them is the Telenet Fidea Lions team managed by Sven Nys, and that a possible proposal could see him race on the road as well with the Trek-Segafredo WorldTour team.
“Pidcock has ambitions both in cyclocross and on the road,” said Nys. “I have to see the whole picture first and I have to get [Trek-Segafredo manager Luca] Guercilena involved. We have made a proposal to Pidcock whereby he might race in the winter with Telenet Fidea while Guercilena offers him opportunities in the summer on the road.”
Pidcock, 17, led a ‘British invasion’ in the junior race in Bieles, with three GB riders sweeping the podium. He has had a stellar season, winning the junior European cyclocross title in November and then the Namur World Cup race in December.
As well as cyclocross, he has had success on the road, winning the La Philippe Gilbert road race and two stages at the junior Tour of Wales. He is also in the Great Britain Junior Academy programme on the track.
Pidcock will turn 18 this summer.
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