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Pidcock set to ride Tour of Flanders despite stomach issues

Pidcock set to ride Tour of Flanders despite stomach issues

Tom Pidcock remains on course to ride the Tour of Flanders despite the stomach issues that forced him to miss Strade Bianche and abandon Milan-San…

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Tom Pidcock remains on course to ride the Tour of Flanders despite the stomach issues that forced him to miss Strade Bianche and abandon Milan-San Remo . Ineos Grenadiers team manager Rod Ellingworth told Cyclingnews that Pidcock is due to return to competition at Dwars door Vlaanderen on Wednesday.

“He’s alright, he’s been training well. He recovered pretty quickly after Milan-San Remo,” Ellingworth told Cyclingnews at the E3 Saxo Bank Classic on Friday.

“He’s fine now, he’s been training okay and I think he’s looking forward to the Classics.”

After withdrawing from Strade Bianche, his first major objective of the road season, due to the stomach virus Pidcock undertook a stint of altitude training in Andorra. His returned to action at Milan-San Remo last weekend was then cut short after he was distanced on the Capo Berta and pulled the pin on the 293km race.

Earlier this week, Pidcock’s coach Kurt Boegarts told Het Laatste Nieuws that the Briton had undergone a blood test to try to identify the root of the problem. Ellingworth said that Pidcock’s stomach issue at Milan-San Remo appeared to be a separate issue to the illness that compelled him to miss Strade Bianche.

“No, he trained well before that. I think it was something we couldn’t really put our finger on, to be honest, he just had bad guts,” said Ellingworth. “So we’re not 100% sure, but he seems okay now.”

Pidcock’s dexterity means that his Classics campaign will also encompass Amstel Gold Race, Brabantse Pijl and Flèche Wallonne, where […]

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