Tom Pidcock on the final stage of the Volta ao Algarve (Image credit: Getty Images)
Tom Pidcock gave another spectacular display of his bike handling skills on the final day of the Volta ao Algarve , but otherwise found his time trial bike to be an awkward beast to tame, and slipped out of the overall lead to finish the week in sixth place.
Pidcock’s chances of hanging onto the podium or even the yellow jersey were shrouded in mystery given his lack of experience against the clock.
The Ineos Grenadiers rider was world champion as a junior but juggles so many different disciplines that his time trial bike has been somewhat neglected. As it turned out, the 24.4km rolling course around Lagoa laid that bare as he finished 19th, 1:27 down on stage winner Stefan Küng and 1:11 down on the overall winner, his teammate Dani Martínez.
"It was pretty tricky. I couldn’t really get the power out in my TT position. It shows I didn’t really spend enough time on this bike yet," Pidcock told reporters after crossing the line in Lagoa.
"My heart rate was probably 20 beats less than what I was at yesterday on the final climb, so I couldn’t get everything out."
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