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by Shane Stokes
September 20, 2017
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Tom Pidcock highlighted his versatility at the world road race championships in Bergen, Norway on Tuesday, adding junior time trial gold to his existing cyclo-cross titles. The Briton previously won world, European and national titles off road, then followed that up with a clear win on the 21.1 kilometre course.
“I knew that the podium was a possibility, but I didn’t think that I would actually clinch the victory,” he admitted. “From the very start I was feeling really great; I wasn’t calculating but I just thought about giving it all I had, all the way to the finish line.
Pidcock was 19th-last to start and took an early lead. He thundered into the finish clearly better than those who had gone before him, and his time was good enough to hold off everyone who finished afterwards. He was 11.92 seconds faster than Antonio Puppio (Italy) and 13.29 up on the bronze medallist, Filip Maciejuk (Poland).
Norwegian Andreas Leknessund was fired up to perform on home soil and went fastest at the first time check. However he cracked and ended up eighth, 32.3 seconds back.
Pidcock now looks towards his next target, the junior men’s road race this weekend. He showed his road race class earlier this year in the Junior Tour of Wales and wants to step up in four day’s time. “I’m very happy, but there is no time to celebrate. Now it’s important to stay concentrated and recuperate the energy I expended in this test to prepare as best I can for the one day race on Saturday.”