BicyclePidcock's second-row start grinds the gears of Cyclo-cross Worlds podium

Pidcock’s second-row start grinds the gears of Cyclo-cross Worlds podium


Ahead of the 2022 UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships, Tom Pidcock was the outright favourite as the only one of the three titans of the sport choosing to come to the US for the elite men’s race, and he delivered in a spectacular way on Sunday. But the British favourite had to make his charge for glory from the less prestigious second row on the grid because the UCI awards the front row to the top eight of its World Cup series.

In the absence of defending champion Mathieu van der Poel (Netherlands), out with a back injury, and Belgian champion Wout van Aert, who chose to focus on preparing for the road season, Pidcock was head and shoulders above the rest of the field – with Lars van der Haar (Netherlands) and Eli Iserbyt of Belgium rounding out the podium. He enjoyed the race and revelled in the victory, but he didn’t appreciate the starting procedures.



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