(Alexander Hassenstein, Christian Kaspar-Bartke, Tim de Waele / Getty Images) Who will win the mountain bike (MTB) rainbow jersey in the men’s cross-country Olympic (XCO) category on Saturday (12 August) at the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships in Scotland?
If it is one of Britain’s Tom Pidcock , Switzerland’s Nino Schurter , or – perhaps unlikely, but who knows? – even Dutch star Mathieu van der Poel , it could be a historic achievement for the winner.
All three are attempting to do something rare and special – Pidcock to win the last major title missing from his MTB collection; Schurter extend his record number of rainbow jerseys; and Van der Poel – already the road race world champion in Glasgow – complete a stunning road and MTB double.
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Tom Pidcock (GBR) – Olympic champion, 2022 European champion
Pidcock is a talented cross-discipline cyclist: in addition to his mountain bike career, he rides on the road for INEOS Grenadiers, winning a Tour de France stage and the Strade Bianche classic, and has also been crowned cyclo-cross world champion in the winter cycling discipline.The 24-year-old’s career began in cyclo-cross , racking up a string of victories before transitioning to the MTB discipline internationally in 2020. He won three stages of his inaugural MTB stage race, placing fourth overall; in […]