Pidcock second in Zolder

27 Dec 2021

Pidcock second in Zolder

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Tom Pidcock claimed an impressive second place in Heusden-Zolder in the final race of 2021 for the INEOS Grenadiers.

The British champion rebounded well from his eighth place ride on Boxing Day, and was in the thick of the podium battle from the opening lap.

Pidcock found himself in a three-man group consisting of Eli Iserbyt and Quinten Hermans, with Wout Van Aert pushing clear on lap two to build up an unassailable lead.

With Hermans distanced, Pidcock rode well to keep on the wheel of Iserbyt, staying close to the Belgian off the final descent and out-sprinting his rival at the line.

With a fourth podium in six races under his belt, the cancellation of Wednesday's Diegem Superprestige race now gives Pidcock some extra recovery and training days ahead of the resumption of his programme on New Year's Day in Baal.

After the race Pidcock said: "I didn’t win [today], Wout was too strong – but at least it wasn’t like yesterday – at least I could push a little bit. I felt pretty good. It’s probably the best I’ve felt at this track – physically and technically. For me it’s a hard track here, I’ve always found the roots quite tricky.
"Honestly I think Eli was stronger today. I had to tactically play it right to beat him. I just wasn’t explosive enough today, but it was better than yesterday so now we can build on this. 
"Baal is my next race so I’ll take a rest and do some training."