Pidcock inched out in Euro Under-23s
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.