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From muddy school uniforms to Alpe d’Huez triumph: This is just the start of Tom Pidcock’s Tour de France journey

From muddy school uniforms to Alpe d’Huez triumph: This is just the start of Tom Pidcock’s Tour de France journey

It was only a matter of time before Tom Pidcock (Ineos Grenadiers) left his mark on this year’s Tour de France, but even his most…

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It was only a matter of time before Tom Pidcock (Ineos Grenadiers) left his mark on this year’s Tour de France, but even his most ardent fans would have gasped in disbelief with the magnitude of his stage win atop Alpe d’Huez.

Stage 12 of the Tour saw Pidcock at his best, let off the leash and in an aggressive frame of mind as he bossed the action from his very first move.

Act one came over the top of the Galibier, when he chased down the early break, linked up with Chris Froome and then powered clear of the bunch with eight more riders and a healthy lead on the approach to Alpe d’Huez.

During the early action it was Pidcock’s descending that stood out. He was magnificent, often ditching the rest of the break with effortless ease before sitting up in the valleys and allowing them to chance to catch up. He was in a league of his own as he took center stage.

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At the foot of Alpe d’Huez, and the climbs jammed-packed crowds, only five remained with Pidcock and Froome joined by Neilson Powless (EF Education-EasyPost), Louis Meintjes (Intermarché), and Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo).

Ciccone and Powless were cut adrift early and with 10km to go Pidcock made his move. Meintjes and Froome scrambled for a response and the pair, although separated, held the Ineos rider at under 15 seconds for the first few bends following the attack.But any thoughts over whether Pidcock had gone too soon were […]

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