Tom Pidcock put in another impressive and spirited ride to claim third place on Boxing Day at the cyclo-cross World Cup round in Gavere.
A packed crowd witnessed a great battle in typically tough, muddy conditions. A fourth row start made life difficult for Pidcock, as did a dropped chain on the second lap after he'd begun to slice into the top 10.
After dropping briefly back down to 16th, the Brit again made his way through the pack, chasing down a podium.
A brief crash on lap five didn’t slow Pidcock down too much, and he was able to re-pass Lars van der Haar, before a good battle with Joris Nieuwenhuis over the final pair of laps.
Up ahead Mathieu van der Poel continued his super form to win his fourth race in a row. Wout Van Aert came home second, with Pidcock rounding out a star-studded podium.
Next up for Tom is the famous Diegem night race on Thursday. Elsewhere there was more success for the Grenadiers on the ‘cross bike, with Thymen Arensman winning the Dutch national Kerstcross race.
- Tom Pidcock
"It’s a bit annoying really. It’s not like I had a bad start – there was just nowhere to go. Then I was in maybe 10th position on the second lap and then my chain came off. Then I was behind again, so I was chasing all day,
"At one point I was riding quite fast, then in the end I was making a few mistakes. But at least I’m on the podium.
"I think maybe in the first lap I wasted a bit of energy, trying to go through gaps that perhaps were not there. That was the only chance to even try to win today. Mathieu was strong. I think in the end I did a good race, it was just a shame about the start. It would have been nice to be at the front racing from the beginning."