Video: Pidcock not happy with rival’s sprint for Euros gold

Posted on: November 5th, 2017

Pidcock not happy with rival's defensive sprint for Euros gold

British sensation Tom Pidcock had to settle for silver at the U23 European Cyclocross Championships. And he clearly wasn’t happy with how his rival beat him to the gold medal.


Pidcock not happy with rival’s defensive sprint for Euros gold


Hoping to jump straight into the U23 ranks with gold in the European Cyclocross Championships, Tom Pidcock was denied today.

Having crashed several times during the race in Tabor, Czech Republic.

The junior TT world champion got caught behind a crash on the opening lap. And he then crashed twice in the same spot, at the hurdles, on lap four and the penultimate lap.

The British teenager would rejoin the leaders after each mishap. And on the final lap he would pull clear with Belgian Eli Iserbyt.

But in the two-up sprint to the finish for the gold medal, it was Iserbyt who got the verdict.

Pidcock remonstrated in the sprint, apparently unhappy at the manner his rival drifted to the right to close the door on him.

However, his annoyance fell on deaf ears and the result stood; Iserbyt judged to have played it fair.

Sieben Wouters from the Netherlands took the bronze some way behind the leading pair.