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

Tom Pidcock wins in fitting tribute to Charlie Craig, who passed away last week aged 15

Last weekend, the British cyclo-cross community was in shock at the sudden death of 15-year-old up-and-coming rider, Charlie Craig, second in the under-16 national championships earlier this month. Today at the World Championships, Great Britain's junior men paid him perhaps the most fitting tribute possible - by making a clean sweep of the podium.

British and European junior champion Tom Pidcock opened up a lead on the second lap in Biele, Luxembourg and rode away to claim the rainbow jersey on an icy course in Bieles, Luxembourg.

Behind him Daniel Tulett, who finished second, and Ben Turner, winner of the bronze medal, battled it out for the remaining podium places.

On an emotional day, all three wore black armbands in tribute to Craig, who was an apprentice rider with the Great Britain Cycling Team and who was the son of multiple national champion Nick Craig.

Pidcock said afterwards: “I just made sure I didn’t crash. Just stayed upright and let the legs do the work. It’s amazing, all three of us on the podium. It’s history. It’s amazing.”

> Tributes paid to rising cyclo-cross star Charlie Craig, who has died aged 15

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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