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Pidcock looks ahead after winning Worlds: 'I've done everything at U23. I'm going Elite'

2 Feb 2019

Words Jack Elton-Walters  Photography Chris Auld

Marked as favourite in a strong field, and with his chief rival as the defending champion, Tom Pidcock took the win in the Under 23 category of the 2019 Cyclocross World Championships in the way he does best, solo.

It also wasn't the first win of the championships for British riders, after Ben Tulett had won the Junior Men's race earlier in the day.

Gallery: Click through to see Pidcock's winning race

When asked the obvious question of how it feels to be World Champion, Pidcock first expresses how cold he feels through chattering teeth and a chuckle.

But with a glance down at the striped jersey he won just minutes before, he explains: 'It's good. It's been too long since I've, well not too long, but it's nice to be back in the rainbow jersey.'

Reminded that his age would allow him to try and emulate this success for a few seasons yet, he's quick to indicate where his cyclocross career will head next.

Gallery: Click through to see Pidcock's winning race

'Next year I'm going to Elite,' the 19-year-old asserts. 'I've done everything at under 23 now, so...' But could a different result on the cold Danish coast have changed his plans? Apparently not.

'It depends how the result would have gone [differently], but I think I would have still gone Elite. I don't know, it's difficult to tell.

'There are a lot of Elite races now, so the only races I do are World Cup, so I could have stayed U23.'

Despite this intended change of category, the new rainbow jersey will still get a fair outing before the end of the season.

'I think I've got six or seven more races before I finish out the season.'

Despite his clear intentions for the rest of the season and his career in the medium term, his more immediate plans are far less set in stone.

'I think I'm going home on Monday. I don't really know when I'm going home to be honest; there are plenty of aeroplanes!

Still unsure, he continues, 'I think I'm going home, unless I'm racing on Wednesday.'

For a rider who's enjoyed such high levels of success on the international stage already, home is still Yorkshire and it's there that his season could yet reach another high point later this year when the county hosts the UCI Road World Championships.