Pidcock impresses at Milan-San Remo

20 Mar 2021

Pidcock impresses at Milan-San Remo

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Milan-San Remo, 299km

Tom Pidcock put in a strong performance in his first Monument Classic as he hit the front in the closing kilometres of Milan-San Remo.

After following the key accelerations on the Poggio, the young Brit expertly moved himself to the front of the group on the rapid descent, before reacting to a pair of attacks heading into the final 2km.

The spectacular finale saw an elite group look set to contest the finish on the coast, only for a pair of riders to slip away at the foot of the descent.

Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo) timed his efforts perfectly to narrowly hold off the pack at the line. Pidcock finished 15th in the group, with Michal Kwiatkowski also regaining contact to finish 17th on the day.

The INEOS Grenadiers had put in a determined team performance on the run-in, setting the tempo through Luke Rowe and Dylan van Baarle, and ensuring their leaders were well positioned on a rapid run-in.

Filippo Ganna took it up on the Poggio with Salvatore Puccio in tow, driving a hard pace until attacks from the favourites eventually arrived.

Tom Pidcock

It went alright to be fair. It’s my first Monument, 300km, and I wasn’t really supposed to be there in the final! But I felt really good and I’m pleased with it, for sure - but I want more. I learnt a lot, the team rode really well, and I’m happy.

"It’s been a difficult week with slight tendonitis in my knee which made it hard, mentally. I couldn’t do the training I was supposed to so I didn’t come here with perfect preparation but I think I was pretty good on the day.

"The team rode so well for me and Kwiato and I was able to follow on the Poggio. Then I thought I’d try a little attack on the descent to see if they’d give me a gap but I didn’t really know where I was going! So that didn’t really work so well. I was a bit too far forward going into the final and the line came up on me fast, but overall I'm happy. It’s a good result to take into the cobbled Classics."

Final result:

1. Jasper Stuyven (Trek Segafredo) 6:38:06
2. Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) s.t.
3. Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma)
4. Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe)
5. Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix)
15. Tom Pidcock (INEOS Grenadiers)
17. Michal Kwiatkowski (INEOS Grenadiers)