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Tom Pidcock hoping to ride the Tour de Yorkshire with Team Wiggins

Jack Elton-Walters
22 Dec 2017

Following confirmation of his signing for Team Wiggins, Tom Pidcock tells Cyclist about his intention to ride his home race for the team

This week it was confirmed that Tom Pidcock has signed to race on the road with Team Wiggins in 2018, in a move that allows him to continue racing cyclocross with Telenet-Fidea Lions with whom he's been competing already this season.

Following confirmation of what he called his 'worst kept secret of 2017', we spoke to the newly signed Team Wiggins rider about his plans for the coming season and what a young cyclocross champion does over Christmas. Clue: race 'cross.

'I want my first race to be the Tour de Yorkshire,' the 18-year-old says when asked about his road race programme in the new year.

Team Wiggins were absent from the 2017 Tour de Yorkshire after missing out on an invite, but Pidcock has got a back-up plan just in case.

'I’ll either ride for Wiggins or for the GB squad,' he says. 'That’ll be my first proper race but I might do some smaller races before. I don’t know yet.'

The 2018 edition of Britain's premier cycle race will include a summit finish for the first time when Stage 2 finishes atop the famous Cow and Calf.

'I know one stage finishes up the Cow and Calf, but I don’t think I’ll be going for the stage wins, I think I’ll just be getting round,' Pidcock adds when asked if he'll be going for glory at his home race.

With wins at Elite level, seeing him - in whichever kit - fighting to get in breakaways and stage winning moves will surprise no one when the race comes around.

Riding with Team Sky

By virtue of British Cycling booking riders into the same hotel as Team Sky, Pidcock and others were photographed with the WorldTour team and it was thought that he was there to train with the Grand Tour winning outfit, something he dismisses.

'I was with British Cycling but we were in the same hotel so people thought I was with Sky.

'On the recovery day I rode with Team Sky but apart from that we did our own thing.'

This happened before his signing to Team Wiggins so there was even chatter that he might be jumping straight into the WorldTour, a move that possibly wouldn't have afforded him the same opportunities to ride cyclocross and road in the way he does now.

Christmas for a cyclocross racer

'I'm in Belgium for Christmas then in the new year I’m going to go home before the National Champs. I’m racing on Boxing Day and I have four races over that period.'

This busy Festive schedule is all part of the build-up to the Cyclocross World Championships which take place in the Netherlands on the first weekend of February.

'It’s all building up to the Worlds. Namur [where he recently won a round of the UCI World Cup] was a similar course so it was a bit of a test race.'

Reigning Junior Champion, Pidcock won't be defending that title but will instead be contesting the Under-23 race, a category in which he has one clear rival.

'Eli Iserbyt. It’s me and him mainly. The others are a bit more inconsistent, so it’s always me and him.'

A rivalry formed between the two early on when they went head-to-head at the European Championships, Pidcock's first at U23 level.

Iserbyt appeared to cross Pidcock's line as they sprinted for the win but the result was upheld and the British rider settled for silver.

'I’m not one to hold grudges,' Pidcock says. 'It happened, it was a race.'