THE NEXT PETER SAGAN AWARD FOR BEST NEWCOMER
If you’ve ever wondered what the future of British cycling looks like, have a look at that picture on the right. Meet 18-year-old Tom Pidcock, from Otley, West Yorkshire who’s being touted in some quarters as the new Sagan – though more for his riding skills than any crimes against fashion. And this year he has picked up armfuls of silverware to prove that perhaps we should believe the hype. In the last 12 months, he has won the UCI World Junior Cyclocross Champs, the Junior European Cyclocross Champs, the UCI World Junior Time Trial Champs, the National Criterium Champs, as well as finishing GC winner in the Rüebliland Grand Prix multi-stage race in Switzerland, the Junior Tour of Wales and the Junior Paris-roubaix. There have been other wins, too, but frankly we’re running out of space. Although currently committed to a Belgian cyclocross team, he has reportedly agreed to ride for Team Wiggins in 2018 as he shifts his focus to road racing. We reckon he might do alright!