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Pidcock heads British hopes at Under 23 Tour of Flanders

Joe Robinson
12 Apr 2019

Yorkshireman heads to Classic looking to add to his junior Paris-Roubaix title

Tom Pidcock will lead the Great Britain team at the under-23 Tour of Flanders this weekend with the race set to be streamed online. The 19-year-old will be targetting the Cobbled Classic to add to his existing junior Paris-Roubaix title, which he won in 2017.

The Yorkshireman is already in good form this season, having taken the under-23 cyclocross World Championship title in January.

Pidcock has also taken a victory on the road, securing Stage 2b of Le Triptyque des Monts et Chateaux, riding for trade team Wiggins-Le Col last week.

Supporting Pidcock will be Wiggins-Le Col teammate Rob Scott, who is currently under-23 national champion, and recent fourth-place finisher at the under 23 Gent-Wevelgem.

The team will be completed by Jake Stewart, Fred Wright, Joseph Nally and Rhys Britton.

Shorter than the elite men's course, the under-23 Tour of Flanders will tackle five cobbled sectors and 15 climbs in 167km of racing.

Rather than finishing with the final climbs of the Oude Kwaremont and Paterberg, the under-23 men will finish with a final 18km that includes the Achterberg, the Boigneberg and the Wolvenberg.

It's set to be an exciting race, and there will be live coverage streamed via the Proximus facebook page from 1.30pm on Saturday afternoon, helping capture the final three hours of racing.

Racing can be viewed here.

The under-23 Tour of Flanders has often proved a showground for the next generation of talent. Former winners include Nick Nuyens, Giovanni Visconti and Dylan Groenewegen.

Last year's winner Australian James Whelan bagged himself a contract with WorldTour Education First off the back of his impressive win.