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Tom Pidcock set to sign for Ineos Grenadiers

Joe Robinson
21 Sep 2020

The 21-year-old Yorkshireman is making his anticipated jump to the WorldTour

Ineos Grenadiers have signed multi-discipline cycling starlet Tom Pidcock, according to reports.

According to The Telegraph, the 21-year-old has signed the long-rumoured deal to join the British WorldTour team for 2021 as part of a rebuilding process for team manager Dave Brailsford.

Rumours had long circulated that Pidcock was a desired rider for multiple WorldTour teams, including Deceuninck-QuickStep, but it is the British team that secured his signature. It is expected that an official announcement could be made by Brailsford and the Ineos Grenadiers as early as Monday.

The Yorkshire-born rider has impressed in mountain biking, cyclocross and on the road, winning multiple World Championship titles across various disciplines.

In February this year, Pidcock finished second in his elite cyclocross World Championships debut behind Mathieu van der Poel. Most recently, he claimed his biggest victory on the road to date, the under-23 Giro d'Italia, taking three stage wins en route riding for the Trinty Racing Team.

Pidcock has also previously won the Paris-Roubaix Espoirs race and the Junior World Championships time-trial in 2017.

Pidcock's interests will now likely turn predominantly to the road as he joins the Ineos Grenadiers as part of a new generation of young British talent at the team.

Alongside Pidcock will be the likes of Ethan Hayter and Tao Geoghegan Hart who will likely form the young British backbone of the team as the likes of seven-time Grand Tour champion Chris Froome depart.

Next up for Pidcock is the elite men's road race World Championships where the young rider will lead Great Britain on the Imola course on Sunday 27th September. Pidcock was picked for the elite team due to the Under-23 race being cancelled as a reuslt of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.