Tom Pidcock got his UCI Mountain Bike World Cup season off to the perfect start with victory in the short track race in Nove Mesto na Morave.
Pidcock took his time in the opening laps, but by half-way through the 20-minute race he was up into the top 10 mix. On the final lap he timed his efforts perfectly, taking the lead on the downhill run into the decisive final corner. In the sprint he was able to see off short track world champion Sam Gaze and Luca Schwarzbauer to take the win.
The victory saw Pidcock pull on the short track World Cup leader's jersey, a feat he will be looking to replicate in Sunday's XCO event.
Pauline Ferrand-Prevot also got off to a great start with fourth place in rainy conditions. The world champion was part of a five-rider sprint to the line, and comfortably booked her place on the front row for Sunday's XCO full length race.
- Tom Pidcock
"I only found out I was racing at 3pm, having already done a three and a half hour training ride this morning. So yeah it does [make victory sweeter].