Tom Pidcock finishes four in ‘gutsy ride’ at Cyclo-cross Worlds

Tom Pidcock finishes four in ‘gutsy ride’ at Cyclo-cross Worlds



There was much ado about an anticipated one-hour battle for the cyclo-cross rainbow jersey between Mathieu van der Poel (Netherlands) and Wout van Aert (Belgium), a two-up sprint never materializing for Van der Poel’s fourth World title. After Van Aert lost ground due a punctured front wheel on the third lap, taking the air out of that story line, the drama moved to the final podium spot.

Belgian Toon Aerts and Briton Tom Pidcock took over in a dual for the bronze in the elite men’s race at the UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships. From the sand and surf and muddy track at Ostend, Belgium, Aerts would sprint for bronze, his third consecutive placement at Worlds, as a fast-finishing Pidcock closed him down in the closing corners. 



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