Tom Pidcock put in a superb performance to secure a dominant victory in the men's race in Boom.

Pidcock sealed his second cyclo-cross win of the season after leading from the front, in an emphatic first race in this week's double header. 

The world champion led from the first lap, initially with Mathieu van der Poel, until the Dutch rider crashed infront of him.

Pidcock went down, but was able to avoid a heavy fall and continued to attack, opening up a lead of around 30 seconds on the chase group of Lars van der Haar, Eli Iserbyt and Michael Vanthourenhout. 

He was then able to maintain his lead at he front, with only Van der Haar and Iserbyt in contention.  Pidcock's gap dwindled slightly in the closing laps as the duo attacked behind, but he maintained control to secure his second win of the cyclo-cross season 


Tom Pidcock

"I got a good start and I wanted to push on after the crash. I kept my own rhythm, but it’s a hard course with the steep climbs. The last few laps were hard and then Eli and Lars were coming and I had to keep the gap to the finish. 

"They started racing and the gap came down, but I kept it under control and I didn't need to win by 30 seconds, 15 second is enough."

In the women's race, Pauline Ferrand-Prevot continued to build her form with a strong, determined performance to finish 12th from a tough grid position.

The Vélo d'Or France 2022 winner was racing for the first time this winter, with the World Championships in January her early season goal in 2023.