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by Shane Stokes
December 21, 2017
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Thomas Pidcock was crowned junior men’s ITT world champion, ahead of Antonio Puppio (Italy) and Maciejuk.
Talented young British rider Tom Pidcock has been confirmed as moving to Team Wiggins for the 2018 season, continuing his progression in the sport. The 18 year old rider has taken a trio of important victories as a junior, winning the European cyclo cross championship in 2016, the world cyclo cross championship in 2017 and also proving best in this year’s world time trial championships.
The team confirmed its 2018 lineup in a statement on Wednesday, while Pidcock also announced the news via his Twitter account. He added that he will compete with Telenet Fidea Lions in cyclo cross events. Amongst the other riders heading to Team Wiggins is the Irishman Mark Downey, who won the points race series in the 2016/2017 track World Cup, as well as individual World Cup events.
“I’m proud that Team Wiggins is now known as a top development team for young talent from the UK and abroad,” said Bradley Wiggins, the founder of the team and Britain’s most decorated Olympian. “Team Wiggins has exceeded all expectations to date, and the 2018 crop of under 23 riders looks as exciting as ever. We had our first team get together with physiological testing last week in Liverpool where it was great to meet the team and talk through the 2018 plans. This is the next generation of cycling heroes, and I hope Team Wiggins will inspire more and more people to ride bikes.”
Aside from Pidcock and Downey, the 2018 lineup will include the Britons Gabriel Cullaigh, Reece Wood, Joey Walker, Nathan Draper, Oliver Robinson, Jacques Sauvagnargues, Dylan Robson, Etienne Georgi, Rob Scott, Jesse Yates and Mark Donovan, Irish riders Matthew Teggart and Michael O’Loughlin, the Kiwis James Fouche and Campbell Stewart plus the Frenchman Corentin Navarro.
“Team Wiggins is filled with brilliant young riders and we look forward to helping them develop both on and off the bike,” said the general manager Andrew McQuaid.