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Tom 'Pidders' Pidcock

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Thanks for the replies. As much as I enjoy watching Pidcock on an MTB bike, he hasn't got anything left to prove in that discipline, and it complicates his road season too much. Ideally, he'll step away from it until the next Olympic cycle.

Surprised to see he's focussing so much on The TDF already with a very light classics campaign till The Ardennes (and no Strade, yet). Given his schedule, would really like to see him ride the Italian Fall races as they seem perfect for him?
He wants to defend his Olympic Gold.
 
Final cross race today, wouldn't expect anything from it really - he's in the area anyway, crashed onto face and only been on cross bike once since Baal.

Schedule has also kind of been announced with a few question marks (largely the same as last year with Basque instead of the Ronde:

MTB La Nucia

Volta a Algarve
Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
Strade Bianche
Tirreno-Adriatico
Milan-San Remo

Tour of the Basque Country
Brabantse Pijl ?
Amstel Gold Race
La Fleche Wallonne
Liege-Bastonge-Liege

European MTB Championships?
MTB World Cup? (Nove Mesto)

Tour de Suisse?

Tour de France (to completion)

Olympic MTB
Olympic Road Race
 
Final cross race today, wouldn't expect anything from it really - he's in the area anyway, crashed onto face and only been on cross bike once since Baal.
I didn't hear the entire interview prior to the race, but i think he said it something about crashing on his face opened up some of the injuries of his Tour de l'Avenir 2019 crash, when he made a spectacular (and very stupid) crash on a downhill in the rain and also landed on his face.
 
Final cross race today, wouldn't expect anything from it really - he's in the area anyway, crashed onto face and only been on cross bike once since Baal.

Schedule has also kind of been announced with a few question marks (largely the same as last year with Basque instead of the Ronde:

MTB La Nucia

Volta a Algarve
Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
Strade Bianche
Tirreno-Adriatico
Milan-San Remo

Tour of the Basque Country
Brabantse Pijl ?
Amstel Gold Race
La Fleche Wallonne
Liege-Bastonge-Liege

European MTB Championships?
MTB World Cup? (Nove Mesto)

Tour de Suisse?

Tour de France (to completion)

Olympic MTB
Olympic Road Race

This is from the CN article. Which the article wants to discuss he’s staying away from cobbles classics. It looks like a very busy programme overall in spite of May/June break. Especially coming out of cross season and straight into algarve
  • Volta ao Algarve (February 14 to 18)
  • Omloop Het Nieuwsblad (February 24)
  • Strade Bianche (March 2)
  • Tirreno-Adriatico (March 4 to 10)
  • Milan-San Remo (March 16)
  • Itzulia Basque Country (April 1 to 6)
  • Amstel Gold Race (April 14)
  • Flèche Wallonne (April 17)
  • Liège-Bastogne-Liège (April 21)
  • Tour de France (June 29 to July 21)
  • Paris Olympics MTB cross-country (July 28)
  • Paris Olympics road race (August 3)
 
“Why Is Tom Pidcock Still Racing Three Disciplines? ‘It Fits into the Bigger Picture of Trying to Win the Tour’”

OK…

Great logic in that article. Still waiting for them to be talking about Midi-chlorian levels.
 
Is it too early to write off pidcocks 2024 road campaign? I would assume he has some cross shape in him. Expecting something more in algarve. I think the press were too. Where do you focus him aside from the Olympics? Why ride the tdf with any ambition? Spring classics look more tantalizing to me
 
Is it too early to write off pidcocks 2024 road campaign? I would assume he has some cross shape in him. Expecting something more in algarve. I think the press were too. Where do you focus him aside from the Olympics? Why ride the tdf with any ambition? Spring classics look more tantalizing to me
Last year he finished 7th in Algarve (GC). He's in tenth now, and Malhao should suit him best of all the stages here. With a good result on Malhao he could still become 7th or 8th. Seems a bit presumptuous to write him off for the season, regardless his result here tbh.
 
It's only February and I doubt he's been near the TT bike this winter. Finishing 30 seconds off a rider with a similar prep (Van Aert ) in a TT when your 58kg is not bad going IMO.

Normally yes. But my expectations were raised after reading this yesterday:-

Briton looking for repeat top result in Malhao and improvement on 2023 time trial

He can't have been happy with that? To his defence many expected more from riders like Ganna a well as WvA. But Remco was incredible.
 
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Normally yes. But my expectations were raised after reading this yesterday:-



He can't have been happy with that? To his defence many expected more from riders like Ganna a well as WvA. But Remco was incredible.
Remco was good, but not incredible. Ganna and Van Aert are not in (top)shape yet. To be incredible Evenepoel would have had beaten Sheffield with 30 seconds and Kung (not the promising time trialist he was a few years ago) with almost a minute.
 
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Not really.

If Pidcock is good today, he looks to be on the same pace last year.
I linked the article which suggested Pidcock was more optimistic than his TT actually showed else I would not have commented.

IMO, If Remco was already this good in February when others like Ganna are not what does that say about Remco’s trajectory for the season ahead? I say he is in great shape - with more reason to be optimistic than Pidcock.
 
I linked the article which suggested Pidcock was more optimistic than his TT actually showed else I would not have commented.

IMO, If Remco was already this good in February when others like Ganna are not what does that say about Remco’s trajectory for the season ahead? I say he is in great shape - with more reason to be optimistic than Pidcock.
Pidcock is incosistent in the ITTs or just not the best at it. Still lost less time to Küng compared last year.

I think Remco looks just about the same as in the last few seasons. He has started well in a majority of them, so I wouldnt say thats the best indicator.

The races he has lost in the beginning of a season all has a thing in common. No ITT/TTT or lost time on a climb.
 
Pidcock is incosistent in the ITTs or just not the best at it. Still lost less time to Küng compared last year.

I think Remco looks just about the same as in the last few seasons. He has started well in a majority of them, so I wouldnt say thats the best indicator.

The races he has lost in the beginning of a season all has a thing in common. No ITT/TTT or lost time on a climb.
TT Remco can't climb with Mountain Remco.
 
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