Tom Pidcock continued his incredible mountain bike form after taking victory in the World Cup Olympic event in Nove Mesto na Morave.
Pidcock had eased his way into the eight lap race. 13th after the opening circuit, he eventually settled into lead group of five alongside Nino Schurter, Mathias Fluckiger, Alan Hatherley and Dascalu.
He upped the pace slightly on lap six but was unable to carve out an advantage like seven days earlier in Germany. Despite looking in brief difficulties on the penultimate climb, a gutsy final lap saw Pidcock drag himself into position, before a final sprint for the line.
- Tom Pidcock
"That was a difficult race. I felt bad all race – I just couldn’t push and I had one pace. I just couldn’t go hard enough to split it, but the pace we were going was quite comfortable. I knew Vlad would have a super fast last lap. I knew that if I could just hold the gap then with the headwind at the finish then I’d be able to come past him.