Pidcock takes third win in Gullegem

04 Jan 2022

Pidcock takes third win in Gullegem

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Tom Pidcock continued his momentum after taking a third victory of the cyclo-cross season in Gullegem.

Not belonging to any of the three major series, the Belgian standalone event provided a tough test, with the entire course covered in sticky mud.

Pidcock was able to battle back from an early puncture to rejoin Quinten Hermans at the head of the race. Fortune then swung towards the Grenadier as Hermans subsequently punctured, leaving the Brit able to control the gap to the finish.

The back to back victories come at a key point in the season, with Pidcock set to tackle one final event - Wednesday's X2O race in Herentals - before heading to Mallorca for a block of training with the team.

"In those conditions it's always hard," said Pidcock. "No matter how hard you go you never feel like you're going anywhere. After one lap I had a puncture. At first I didn't think it was a puncture, as I was running low pressures anyway. So I rode for quite a while on the puncture. Luckily I could get back to Quinten, get a gap and control the race.

"Quinten was going well. It was a hard day and the main thing was just making sure that it went without any difficulties, with tomorrow to think about as well. It should be one more good day's racing then away to training camp."