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by Mark Zalewski
February 17, 2017
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Following reports that Telenet Fidea Lions manager Sven Nys was in talks with British junior cyclocross world champion Thomas Pidcock, and that part of the discussion was the possibility of a dual role on the Trek-Segafredo WorldTour team, general manager Luca Guercilena told Cycling Weekly that while there was a discussion about it, a route through an under-23 team would be more likely
“Sven Nys is dealing with him, so I had a chat with him to see what his goals are,” Guercilena told Cycling Weekly.
“I know that he has an eye on the road in the future. But he’s 17. It’s one thing to have an idea, but you have to see what’s realistic. We chatted about those objectives, but nothing in particular. It’s more linked to cyclocross.”
The common link between Nys’ cyclocross team and the WorldTour outfit is bike sponsor Trek, which Guercilena says has a large enough umbrella for the talented rider, with three U23-sponsored road squads.
Pidcock will turn 18 this summer and 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.
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