Pidcock wins Strade Bianche in style

04 Mar 2023

Pidcock wins Strade Bianche in style

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Strade Bianche, 184km

Tom Pidcock claimed a rousing solo victory at Strade Bianche following a gutsy attacking ride of over 50 kilometres.

The Brit was part of a move that went clear on the tough Monte Sante Marie gravel sector as the race began to break apart. Using his power, combined with superb bike handling skills, Pidcock was able to go clear as a tense battle against the chasing pack began.

Managing his efforts superbly, Pidcock's gap of around 30 seconds was gradually eroded on the run-in, to the point where the chasing group of five had the Grenadier in their sights.

But a combination of discontent within their ranks and Pidcock's never say die attitude saw him eventually re-extend his advantage ahead of the final climb.

In the end he was able to enjoy his ride into Siena's iconic Piazza del Campo, with a winning advantage of 20 seconds.

The team had placed numbers to the fore heading into the crucial sectors of the race. Magnus Sheffield and Ben Tulett were both to the fore as the race split, with Sheffield sadly caught up in a crash which took him out of contention.

Former winner Michal Kwiatkowski (17th) and Laurens De Plus (24th) were the next Grenadiers home in the peloton.


- Tom Pidcock

"Honestly it’s going to take some sinking in. When I went that was completely not the plan. Obviously that sector is normally the decisive place, so I was just riding hard. I got a gap on the descent and I just carried on.

"This week I had a good feeling and I knew something good was going to happen. I knew today was my day. That it actually paid off is pretty incredible honestly. I don’t even know what to think right now.
"A few times they came close and I thought ‘I’ve messed it up, I’ve gone too early and wasted my shot here.’ The thing is in races like this, the day was so fast all day, I thought if I get a gap and keep going it’s hard to bring back."