Pidcock wins back to back World Cups

15 May 2022

Pidcock wins back to back World Cups

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Tom Pidcock continued his incredible mountain bike form after taking victory in the World Cup Olympic event in Nove Mesto na Morave.

The Brit returned to the scene of his first elite World Cup victory last season to make it back to back successes. The win was far from straightforward, with the Grenadier admitting he struggled to feel good on the bike. Despite that, he was able to dig deep on a rollercoaster final lap, before out-sprinting Vlad Dascalu at the line.
 
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. 
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- 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.
 
"Nino had a puncture and I didn’t really know what to do as I didn’t want to take advantage of someone having a puncture. It was a weird race. In my head I was trying to attack and take a gap like last week, but it was a completely different race. It took a different kind of mental energy to win today. It’s very different fighting in the wheels and holding the wheels down the descents."