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'We deserve to be there' says Pidcock after Team Wiggins left out of Tour de Yorkshire

Jack Elton-Walters
22 Mar 2018

British rider left disappointed after his new team will not race on the roads of his home county. Photo: Alex Wright/Teneight

When the teams that will line-up for the 2018 Tour de Yorkshire were announced, many were surprised to see the omission of Team Wiggins. Led by rising star Tom Pidcock - who hails from Leeds where Stage 4 will finish - the development squad had looked like a fairly safe bet for inclusion.

Upon joining the team, Pidcock had expressed his hope to compete in the race that takes in some of the best roads in his home county.

Speaking to Cyclist on the evening after the Yorkshire team selection news broke, the 18-year-old was careful about what he said but was clear in his disappointment.

'The team are being careful about how everyone responds,' he said. 'After all, it’s a team for development with teenagers, it will be easy to point fingers.'

Part of his caution in responding saw no mention of the team's eponymous owner Sir Bradley Wiggins. With the cloud over the retired rider following the report from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport select committee, speculation centred on the team being left out because of the owner's current situation.

However, keeping his thoughts on the current crop of riders, Pidcock said, ‘Obviously it’s a disappointment for me, and of course the team, as it is the race I was looking forward to most on home roads.'

The team's chances of racing the roads of Yorkshire may have been ended for another year, but Pidcock could still be on the start line in Beverley on Thursday 3rd May.

'There is still a chance I could ride for GB,’ he said, although that clearly wasn't the way he'd hoped to take on Britain's premier race in his first professional road season.

'I don’t think many or any of the other non WorldTour teams can say they converted five riders to WorldTour, I might be wrong, but what I’m trying to say is we deserve to be there,' he said, furthering the case for his team's inclusion.

'It’s fair to say us riders have suffered and missed out on a valuable opportunity to gain experience. We have no explanation as to why we have been overlooked again.’

Again questioning the decision of organisers to not invite the British Continental team, he added, 'We also have five riders from Yorkshire.'

Asked to comment on Team Wiggins not being on the start list for the 2018 Tour de Yorkshire, a spokesperson said:

'The demand from teams looking to compete in the Tour de Yorkshire is always high and this year 60 men’s and women’s squads applied for the 40 places on offer.

'It is always a difficult decision to make our final selection and a number of teams are naturally disappointed that they won’t be competing.

'We sympathise with them and wish them all the best for the future.'