Tom Pidcock started 2022 in style as he took another impressive win in the cyclocross World Cup.
Pidcock pushed through from the second row and hit the front from lap three onwards. Stretching clear alongside Eli Iserbyt, by lap five he began to turn the screw, opening out a small but significant gap.
The second half of the race was about managing the margin and staying out of trouble, which Pidcock achieved admirably. Success marked a sixth podium in eight races this season.
In his second race as a Grenadier, Ben Turner backed up his sixth place in Baal with 18th in Hulst.
"I was feeling good at the start and I pushed on and got a gap, but only literally a few seconds. All race Eli was just keeping me close and keeping the pressure on. Then the last few laps I started making a few mistakes. I was thinking, if he does a big effort maybe he could close.
"Then on the last lap I couldn’t get in my big ring. It wasn’t too much of a problem but I was just taking it a bit easy on the descents so [the chain] wouldn’t come off. I was just being a bit cautious. Wout’s chain came off at the start and I didn’t want that to happen.