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Tom Pidcock GB's only elite-level rider at Cyclocross European Championships

Joe Robinson
4 Nov 2019

The 20-year-old will be Great Britain's sole elite representative in Sivelle, Italy this weekend

Defending under-23 champion Tom Pidcock will jump up a category to race the Elite Cyclocross European Championships this weekend in Sivelle, Italy.

The 20-year-old will be the sole representative for Great Britain in the elite men's race deciding to forgo the opportunity of defending his age-group title in order to compete against the likes of Lars van der Haar and his long-standing rival Eli Iserbyt for the elite title.

Pidcock has taken to elite racing well so far this season notably finishing second at Koppenburgcross last week behind Iserbyt.

This will be the first time Pidcock has represented Great Britain as an elite athlete in any discipline, a step up the rider appreciates will be challenging.

'Last season was brilliant for me, winning both the under-23 European and world titles, so this season I set myself the challenge to really push myself by riding against the elites,' said Pidcock.

'It’s certainly a step up, but I’m pleased with how my training and racing has been going.'

Continuing the theme of stepping up, reigning Junior World Champion Ben Tulett will debut as part of the under-23 men's team alongside Ben Turner, Cameron Mason and Thomas Mein. 

The elite women's race will be without a British rider but the under-23 event sees a strong three-woman team of Katie Scott, Hattie Harnden and Anna Kay ride for the title.

Millie Couzans, Anna Flynn and Josie Nelson are set to compete for the junior women's team, the first year of this category, whole Corran Carrick-Anderson, Rory McGuire, Oli Stockwell and Simon Wyllie complete the men's junior team.

Cyclocross co-ordinator for Great Britain cycling, Matt Ellis, believes there are plenty of medal opportunities throughout the team and that Pidcock has shown the form to compete for his first elite title.

'The team we are taking to the European championships this year is hugely competitive and we can expect to see them all challenging for the podium in their respective races,' said Ellis.

'It’s great to see Tom stepping up into the elite men’s category. He was physically very strong coming into the season, thanks to a successful season on the road where he won bronze in the World Championships amongst other achievements, and technically he’s improving race by race.

'He’s already showing he’s in the mix for a medal at this level, and I’m really looking forward to seeing him get stuck in at the European championships.'