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Tom Pidcock targets ‘bigger ambitions’ at Tour de France after breakthrough

Tom Pidcock targets ‘bigger ambitions’ at Tour de France after breakthrough

Tom Pidcock celebrates his victory on stage 12 of the Tour de France. Tom Pidcock may be a little too cocky for some tastes but…

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Tom Pidcock celebrates his victory on stage 12 of the Tour de France. Tom Pidcock may be a little too cocky for some tastes but as his track record shows, he delivers. The 22-year-old from Leeds has rapidly transferred his mountain biking and cyclocross expertise to road racing and is the coming force at the Ineos Grenadiers team.

But even though he has won world and Olympic titles, he still struggled to explain the intensity of racing through the huge crowds on Alpe d’Huez on Thursday to win the most prestigious summit finish in cycling.

“I can’t explain,” Pidcock said after claiming his first Tour de France stage win. “You have to just pray that everyone is going to move out of your way and that is the most ridiculous experience ever.”

Pidcock’s stunning descending skills drew swoons from onlookers, something that he attributed to his ease riding his bike at speed. “I just have become very used to riding a bike in situations where it’s on the limit of control,” he added.

“I grew up riding my bike. I rode to school every day. I’d detour through the woods, drifting in the mud and I’d come home and my uniform was completely dirty.”

Having briefly looked back, the ambitious Pidcock is planning ahead. “I’ve won a stage of the Tour so I’m pretty satisfied. But yeah, I compare myself to [Tadej] Pogacar and these guys. I have bigger ambitions in this race in the future after this.”

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