Multi-talented brit grabs gold
With a steady pace British talented youngster Tom Pidcock made his way to victory in the Junior Men´s Time Trial at the 2017 World Road Championships in Bergen. Adding another gold to his collection.
Story by Tobias Dahlberg
Pidcock finished the 21.2 kilometre course 12 seconds faster than his closest opposition, silver medallist Italian Antonio Puppio. The battle between the Italian and bronze medal winner Poland’s Filip Maciejuk came down to being less than one second separating them.
Aim set for Cyclo-Cross
The cyclo-cross specialist Pidcock already seems to have his eyes on more medals in his, so far, very promising young career.
-The win doesn’t change my ambition for cyclo cross. It might change for the road race. Cyclo-cross is the main target for this season, at least. And the road will be supplementary to that, I guess, Pidcock says.
For Italian silver medalist Puppio, the podium finish meant a lot for him and the Italian legacy in cycling.
-It’s a good feeling because the last Italian rider who won a medal was Vincenzo Nibali, he won the bronze medal, so it was a good result for Italian cycling, and I very happy to be a part of it, Puppio says.
Hope for a home medal crushed
Norwegian spectators had strong hopes for the junior race having one of the strongest medal contenders racing on home ground. At the first two intermediates checks, Norwegian talent and reigning European Time Trial Champion, Andreas Leknessund had the lead, cheered on by the home crowd. However, today, the last part of the race from Birkelundsbakken and onward proved his opponents had paced themselves better in the first half of race. Leknessund dropping down to eighth place at the finishing line, 32.32 seconds behind Pidcock.
–The adrenaline made me start with a bit high power, Leknessund said after finishing.
The men’s junior riders will continue to battle on Saturday when the road race takes place.
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