Pid­cock re­cov­ers from ‘chop­per mis­take’ to win Eu­ros

Cy­clo-cross ace tells Vern Pitt he’s over his early-sea­son woes

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Ris­ing Bri­tish star Tom Pid­cock has said it was a “chop­per mis­take” that cost him in the early part of the cy­clo-cross sea­son as he cel­e­brated a re­turn to win­ning ways at the Eu­ro­pean Cham­pi­onships at the week­end.

Pid­cock had yet to win a race this sea­son at the be­gin­ning of the week­end but he put to­gether a near flaw­less race to take the ti­tle with reign­ing un­der-23 world cham­pion Eli Iser­byt in sec­ond. “I had a bril­liant start, I don’t nor­mally start very well, but af­ter a lap I was sec­ond then I was out on my own,” Pid­cock told CW.

The Leeds-born rider said that he had also felt he was re­turn­ing to form at the third round of the Su­per­pres­tige the pre­vi­ous week­end but that a bad start had left him chas­ing for much of the race in which he even­tu­ally fin­ished ninth.

When asked why he’d strug­gled this sea­son, the first in which he has raced for his Tom Pid­cock Rac­ing, he said: “I changed my po­si­tion. I got in­jured from it so my per­for­mances weren’t great… It was just that I haven’t got an ac­tual recorded po­si­tion from last year. I’ve got an idea of what it was, I’ve got loads of things peo­ple have rec­om­mended and then I kind of made my own, but I didn’t write it down. Chop­per mis­take,” Pid­cock said.

He added that he had also been ill, at one point hav­ing to take iron to help him re­cover as he was “anaemic ba­si­cally”.

He added that he had felt pres­sure rac­ing for his epony­mous team for the first time and that came on top of a road sea­son for Team Wig­gins, where he had de­liv­ered few mem­o­rable re­sults. Although he said he’d tried to ap­proach the road sea­son with less pres­sure than he does cy­clo-cross, it was dif­fi­cult not to pur­sue suc­cess and these things had a cu­mu­la­tive ef­fect.

“Peo­ple have al­most for­got­ten about me a bit — it’s nice to prove I am as good as I was,” he said.

“I’m al­most for­got­ten about — it’s nice to prove to peo­ple I’m as good as I was”

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