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Tom Pidcock confirms he's riding Milan-San Remo

Will Strickson
17 Mar 2021

Brit will be making his Monument debut this weekend as a packed field look to take the biggest race of the season so far

Tom Pidcock will take on his first Monument this weekend as he's set to ride the 2021 Milan-San Remo.

The Brit, still in his first year as a pro even though we've been hyping him up for what feels like a decade, confirmed on his Instagram this morning that he will be riding Milan-San Remo this Saturday.

After a strong start to the season, finishing third in a sprint at Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne and fifth up to the square in Siena at Strade Bianche, Pidcock will be hopeful of further upsetting the apple-cart and snatching a result over the Poggio.

While Ineos Grenadiers do have a previous winner in their ranks in Michal Kwiatkowski, the Polish rider has been open about his struggle to find his legs at Tirreno-Adriatico last week so it's not clear what the strategy of the team will be.

Pidcock will not only have to overcome the longest race of his career with a whopping 299km of racing, he'll also have to beat out all the strongest riders on the WorldTour including the previous two winners Wout van Aert and Julian Alaphilippe as well as winner of the most recent Monument, Mathieu van der Poel.

Given that all three seem to be in ridiculous form, unless Van der Poel's Tirreno breakaway took too much out of him, they are the clear favourites just ahead of the also in-form Sam Bennett, Davide Ballerini and Michael Matthews.

If somehow Pidcock does win, he'll be the third British winner of La Primavera, after Tom Simpson and Mark Cavendish, and it would be Britain's fifth Monument win (Simpson also won the Tour of Flanders and the Il Lombardia).