Tom Pidcock didn’t come to the Opening Weekend seeking perfection, but he was nevertheless left to rue a string of mistakes that perhaps prevented him achieving the sort of results that are already expected of him.
After admitting to a couple of errors after Saturday’s Omloop Het Nieuwsblad , the 22-year-old Ineos Grenadiers rider acknowledged another one at Sunday’s Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne .
Having been instrumental in teasing the race open on the new climbs over the Walloon border with 80km to go, Pidcock was unceremoniously dumped out of the 17-man lead group just ahead of the Beerbosstraat cobbles with 35km to go.
He explained that Jumbo-Visma rider Tiesj Benoot let a gap go as Movistar’s Ivan Garcia Cortina was accelerating, and that was that.
“It was a bit of a mistake on my part. Tiesj took me out the back of the break and I didn’t respond. I kind of let him. So that was my fault,” Pidcock told Cyclingnews .
There was, however, a silver lining. Pidcock felt he was a marked man in the group, which is perhaps why Benoot – who had a fast-finishing teammate of his own in Christophe Laporte, wanted to open the trapdoor. As it was, his absence from the break seemed to spark renewed cooperation, allowing his teammate Jhonatan Narvaez to crack on and make it down to the final three, who were only caught by the bunch 100 metres shy of the line.
“In the end I think that helped the break and helped Jonny. Jonny got within […]