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18-year-old who is one of world cycling's hottest prospects grabs his second rainbow jersey of 2017...

Great Britain’s Tom Pidcock has todaay added the junior time trial world championship title to the world cyclo-cross one he took earlier this year.

The 18-year-old from Yorkshire rode the 21.1-kilometre course in Bergen, Norway in 28 minutes 2.15 seconds.

His time was a shade under 12 seconds faster than that of second placed Antonio Puppio of Italy.

Filip Maciejuk of Poland completed the podium in third place.

"I knew a podium was a possibility, but I didn't really think I'd take the lead and then hold it all the way to the finish like that," Pidcock said afterwards, reports Britishcycling.org.uk.

"I haven't recovered yet, I was struggling to sit on that chair. When I recover, I think it will sink in a bit more," he added.

​In January, Pidcock led Great Britain's junior men to a clean sweep of the podium at the UCI Cycle-cross World Championships in Luxembourg.

> Video: GB junior men sweep podium at Cyclo-cross World Championships

He went on to demonstrate his versatility in April by becoming the third British rider - the others are Geraint Thomas and Andy Fenn - to win the junior version of Paris-Roubaix.

> Tom Pidcock becomes third GB winner of Paris-Roubaix Juniors

In May, Pidcock - still only 17 at the time - beat the country's most experienced criterium racers as he won a round of the Tour Series in Durham. For good measure, he then went on to become the national senior criterium champion.

This season also saw him take his maiden stage race win at the Junior Tour of Wales and he also won Switzerland's GP Rüebliland, held over four stages. 

One of the hottest prospects in the sport, he has signed to the on has already signed terms with Telenet-Fidea Lions team run by Belgian legend Sven Nys for the next two cyclo-cross seasons, and will reportedly be joining Team Wiggins on the road next year.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.

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Zebulebu [82 posts] 4 months ago
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Good grief. I know it's early days, obviously, but he has the potential to go on to be our best ever rider. I'd love to see him win PR and the ToF one day, but he could also be a GT contender, climbs like a mountain goat and with TTs as well - the mind boggles

 

Monster

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kil0ran [650 posts] 4 months ago
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Zebulebu wrote:

Good grief. I know it's early days, obviously, but he has the potential to go on to be our best ever rider. I'd love to see him win PR and the ToF one day, but he could also be a GT contender, climbs like a mountain goat and with TTs as well - the mind boggles

 

Monster

Belgians call him "Mini-Sagan" 

The fact he's beating seniors is remarkable, as is beating Dutch/Belgians in CX on their own turf. 

There's always a question of field strength in juniors, and development speed but clearly if he's beating seniors that doesn't apply.

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Jimmy Ray Will [828 posts] 4 months ago
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Plus he's not very big... sometimes juniors dominate as they are physcially mature at a young age and can literally bludgeon the opposition. 

This chap just has extra... can't wait to see what this goes ove rthe next few years, but as mentioned already; winning world titles in TT and cross... small, light, versatile... if he can back this up with the stamina needed, then who knows how good this chap can be. 

 

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kil0ran [650 posts] 4 months ago
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Jimmy Ray Will wrote:

Plus he's not very big... sometimes juniors dominate as they are physcially mature at a young age and can literally bludgeon the opposition. 

This chap just has extra... can't wait to see what this goes ove rthe next few years, but as mentioned already; winning world titles in TT and cross... small, light, versatile... if he can back this up with the stamina needed, then who knows how good this chap can be. 

 

This. Those two guys on the podium wouldn't look out of place in an Under-23 race.

Can't believe he'll rival the Colombians as a climber but he has the build of those guys at the moment. Biomechanically he shouldn't be able to compete against those long levers alongside him on the podium so he must be chucking out huge high cadence power. Freak (in a Usain Bolt freak kind of way).

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alotronic [535 posts] 4 months ago
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Stay under 70kg and the world is his...

Possibly the most english sounding name a rider could want, there's no forgetting that  1

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Butty [226 posts] 4 months ago
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alotronic wrote:

Stay under 70kg and the world is his...

Possibly the most english sounding name a rider could want, there's no forgetting that  1

 

A new Mr Tom in the making.

I reallly look forward to him mixing it in the big pro  team arena.

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ErnieC [7 posts] 4 months ago
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Jiffy bag anyone?

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turboprannet [296 posts] 4 months ago
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ErnieC wrote:

Jiffy bag anyone?

what is wrong with you?

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ErnieC [7 posts] 4 months ago
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turboprannet wrote:
ErnieC wrote:

Jiffy bag anyone?

what is wrong with you?

Nothing at all. Why do you ask?