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British riders collect four medals in exciting weekend at the Cyclocross World Championships (gallery)

Jack Elton-Walters
30 Jan 2017

Tom Pidcock led a British 1-2-3 in the Junior Men's during an exhilarating weekend at the Cyclocross World Championships

The 2017 Cyclocross World Championships proved to be an entertaining weekend of racing, that saw conditions change for almost every race. 

In the Junior Men's event, the parcours was still frozen and snow covered. Tom Pidcock, already European and British National Champion, put in a phenomenal ride from start to finish. 

The 17-year-old went away from his rivals early on and kept them safely at bay throughout the race. A slide-out on one of the closing laps could have scuppered his otherwise near-perfect ride, but the junior stayed calm, readjusted his rear brake and rode on to the finish line. 

Before the race, Pidcock told Cyclist that he liked being the favourite and the result shows that he coped perfectly well with that pressure. 

Behind Pidcock, his British teammates Dan Tulett and Ben Turner completed an all-British podium. In a week when young British cyclocross rider Charlie Craig passed away at just 15-years-old, the emotion of the occasion was clear to see in the British team. 

The UK's fourth medal of the weekend came from Evie Richards in the U23 Women's race. Richards was the defending champion and put in a solid ride to finish in the podium, behind Annemarie Worst (Netherlands) and Ellen Noble (USA). 

Rounding out the first day of competition, Nikki Brammeier, Helen Wyman and Hannah Payton flew the flag for Team GB in the Elite Women's race. 

Recently back from injury, Wyman fought hard to finish in the top-20 while Brammeier clinched ninth and Payton came in 27th. 

By the time the women raced the course had thawed out without yet getting too muddy. That was all due to change on day two. 

When the second day of competition started, temperatures were much higher than they had been and the course turned to a sloppy mud pit. 

On the agenda were the Men's U23 and Elite races. Joris Nieuwenhuis (Netherlands) proved too strong for his rivals and won by over a minute to Felipe Orts (Spain). Nieuwenhuis's teammate Sieben Wouters was next over the line to stand on the final step of the podium. 

The final event of the weekend continued the edge-of-the-seat stuff but in the end it appears that tyre choice was decisive. 

This analysis takes nothing away from Wout van Aert (Belgium), who successfully defended his rainbow jersey, but an late puncture for early race leader Mathieu van der Poel (Netherlands) gave van Aert the opening he needed. 

Reports immediately after the race stated that the Belgian suffered just one puncture while other riders suffered five or more, with some retirning after running out of spare wheels. 

All eyes are now on the green-treaded tyres the World Champion was using. Hopefully available in a local bike shop near you soon. 

All photos: Dan Monaghan - cadenceimages.com

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