It is absolutely crazy how close these guys have been for what, a decade now? Wout has an edge in pure power, Mathieu better technically, but on a course like today's they canceled each other out.
The one edge that VdP has is the ability to absolutely turn himself inside out; not sure that Wout does to the same degree.
It's a shame for the sport Pidcock wasn't there, and that there weren't 3-4 other real challengers, given the crowd. I hadn't realized that Tullett, for example, was a 2X junior winner, but he's given it up for the road. From the last Pidcock interview I wouldn't be surprised if he gave it up, or just rode a few races here and there. But I guess the notion of never having a real break from the bike isn't all that appealing.