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Tom Pidcock wins Baby Giro d'Italia title after dominant performance

Joe Robinson
7 Sep 2020

Yorkshireman becomes first British rider to take overall victory in prestigious under-23 race

Tom Pidcock is the 2020 'Baby Giro d'Italia' champion after a dominant performance on the final two days in the high mountains.

The 21-year-old secured overall victory at the prestigious under-23 stage race following back-to-back wins on Stage 7 and Stage 8. It rounded off an impressive week of racing that saw Pidcock also win Stage 4.

The Yorkshireman took the race lead for the first time with that victory, from Bonferraro di Sorga to Bolca. Pidcock beat closest rival Kevin Colleoni by 22 seconds after going solo on the final climb, building a race lead of 58 seconds.

Pidcock then extended his race lead to 1:28 on the Stage 7 summit finish after again beating Colleoni, this time by 26 seconds.

Going into the final day of racing, a 107km stage around Aprica that contained an ascent of the Mortirolo, all Pidcock had to do was defend the leader's jersey.

However, a tough pace saw the front of the race whittled down to just seven riders with 70km to go. Eventually, Pidcock and Colleoni escaped away from the reduced group albeit with the Italian struggling.

In the final 30km, Pidcock then caught Henri Vandenabeele of the Lotto Soudal U23 team, with the pair riding to the finish line together and Pidcock beating the Belgian in the sprint finish.

Pidcock spoke to ITV4 immediately after wrapping up the overall title at the finish line, joking that he had not even spoken to his family before being interviewed by Ned Boulting and David Millar.

For the Trinty Racing rider, the overall victory at the Baby Giro d'Italia firmly joins his triumph at the 2019 Paris-Roubaix Espoirs race as his biggest victories on the road to date.

The Giro d'Italia U23 race has had an impressive roll call of winners over recent years including Aleksandr Vlasov, Pavel Sivakov and Carlos Betancur.

Pidcock will now continue to divide his attention between racing road, cyclocross and mountain bike going forward. In February this year, the 21-year-old placed second at the cyclocross elite men's World Championships behind Mathieu van der Poel.

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