Following the conclusion of his winter cyclocross campaign, Tom Pidcock has confirmed that he will make his 2023 road debut at next month’s Volta ao Algarve ahead of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and a swathe of spring Classics.
The Briton, the 2022 world cyclocross champion, will not defend his title at Hoogerheide at the weekend. His final race of the winter season came a week ago at the UCI World Cup round in Benidorm and he is now preparing for his road season debut.
His main goals of the spring include Strade Bianche, Milan-San Remo, Dwars door Vlaanderen and the Tour of Flanders .
Speaking from Ineos Grenadiers’ training camp in Spain, he told Het Nieuwsblad that Algarve (10 days) and Omloop Het Nieuwsblad (20 days) came too soon after the ‘cross Worlds for him to think about defending his title.
"They come quickly and I also want to start this road season well, even in the Algarve," he said.
"For various reasons, I wasn’t there with my head in the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad last year."
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