Historically, cycling has been fueled by epic stories that seek a hero capable of awe-inspiring the world. Currently there are many names that attract attention for their versatility and one of them is Tom Pidcock. The Briton from the Ineos team took the mountain test of the European Championships in Munich with impressive ease. The rest of the rivals could not present opposition to a cyclist who, despite not regularly competing in the mountains, was capable of moving watts of power based on massive kicks.
The 23-year-old British cyclist won the winding 34.9 km MTB circuit through the Olympiapark with a time of 1h18’09. Behind, Sebastian Carstensen (silver) and Filippo Colombo (bronze) completed the podium, but were unable to aim for gold. The best ranked Spaniard was Catalan Jofre Cullell, 22nd, with a time of 1h20’34, two and a half minutes behind the winner. Pablo Rodríguez was 26th with 1h20’51 and Ismael Esteban 35th with 1h21’55.
Pidcock is one of the most versatile riders out there. As a junior, he already showed what he could do to the professionals by becoming world champion in three different modalities, cyclocross, mountain biking and road cycling. The Briton, the son of cyclists, learned to ride a bicycle at the age of three and, since then, has not stopped pedaling on any surface. His versatility makes him a very unpredictable cyclist in any environment, despite the fact that his roots are in cyclocross. Exactly, in this modality he starred in epic battles with two other bike monsters, Matieu Van der Poel and Wout Van Aert.
Pidcock was crowned Olympic mountain biking champion at Tokyo 2020 and in Munich he endorsed his dominance in this modality with a continental title. In addition, this year he won the queen stage of the Alpe d’Huez Tour de France thanks to his command of the descents, as he showed by going to the Col de la Croix de Fer.
Source: La Verdad