Pidcock wins De Brabantse Pijl

14 Apr 2021

Pidcock wins De Brabantse Pijl

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De Brabantse Pijl - La Flèche Brabançonne, 201.7km

Tom Pidcock claimed his first professional road victory in emphatic fashion at De Brabantse Pijl.

The young Brit showed calm and race-craft beyond his years in a thrilling finale in Overijse, timing his sprint to perfection on the uphill ramp to the line and overhauling rival Wout Van Aert.

It had been the Grenadier who twice enlivened the final with a pair of identical attacks on the Hertstraat. His first move helped force a selection on the finishing circuit, before the second helped set up a three-up final shootout.

The win is a continuation of Pidcock's superb step up to the professional ranks - following a podium at Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne and a fifth place at Strade Bianche.

Earlier the team had worked hard to peg the gap to the day's breakaway. Cameron Wurf got through a lot of kilometres on the front, before the team moved up as a unit with 40km to go. Richard Carapaz was the next Grenadier home in 31st after doing some good work following counter-attacks behind.
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- Tom Pidcock

“I know that sprints at the end of a race like that are not the same as if you are sprinting for a town sign, so you always go into those sprints with confidence.

“Wout was pulling super hard every time we got away, I was coming through on the front and I was doing the same watts to get on his wheel. He was pulling super hard, but maybe too hard in the end. 

“I was getting nervous, they were coming behind, but I waited and waited, Wout went and kind of got a little bit boxed in, then I rushed Wout and came past him.

“We were a little bit on the back foot with the group away and we were running out of guys, so we said to Jumbo ‘we pull to the climb, then we go’, Trentin came as well and it worked out pretty good in the end. 

“I knew I was going well going into this race as I finally had a good week’s training with no interruptions so I knew I was going to be good and it’s nice to actually be good in the race as well to the finish."
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Race result:

1. Tom Pidcock (INEOS Grenadiers) 4:36:27
2. Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) s.t.
3. Matteo Trentin (UAE Team Emirates) +2"
4. Ide Schelling (Bora-Hansgrohe) +7"
5. Toms Skujins (Trek-Segafredo) s.t.