Pid­cock inched out in Euro Un­der-23s

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - FOOTBALL -

CY­CLING: Leeds-based reign­ing ju­nior world, na­tional and Euro­pean cy­clo-cross cham­pion Tom Pid­cock fin­ished sec­ond in his first Un­der-23 Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship, in the Czech Repub­lic, yes­ter­day.

Pid­cock fin­ished run­ner-up to Bel­gian Eli Iser­byt, just inches be­hind, de­spite be­ing in­volved in three col­li­sions during the con­test.

He was held up by a crash on the open­ing lap in Ta­bor, three laps later he went over his han­dle­bars as he tried to jump the hur­dles, and on the penul­ti­mate lap the hur­dles once again proved to be a prob­lem for the teenager and he had to dust him­self down and set off in pur­suit of three riders that had opened a small gap.

But come the fin­ish Pid­cock was at the head of the field along­side Iser­byt and nar­rowly missed out on the win in a tight sprint fin­ish.

Bradford’s Billy Hard­ing was vic­to­ri­ous by 23 sec­onds at Shib­den Park, in Hal­i­fax, the seventh round of the York­shire Points cy­clo-cross se­ries.

The 21-year-old PH MAS-Paul Milnes Cy­cles rider crossed the line un­op­posed with Giles Drake (Leisure Lakes Bikes) sec­ond and vet­eran rider Ian Tay­lor (C and N Cy­cles) third, al­most a minute be­hind Hard­ing.

Ste­fan Macina (Aure­lius Cy­cles) won the vet­er­ans’ race, get­ting the bet­ter of Michael Bur­den (PH MAS Paul Milnes Cy­cles) and Chris Young (PH MAS Paul Milnes Cy­cles).

The women’s race was won by So­phie Thack­ray with PH MAS Paul Milnes Cy­cles team-mates Amira Mel­lor and Poppy Cook com­plet­ing the podium.

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