Lthe first foray of Tom Pidcock in the cyclocross of the new 2022-23 season could not be more satisfying. He lacked victory, but he showed his first details before the favorites disembarked, Mathieu Van der Poel -confirmed to be in Hulst- and Wout Van Aert. Without a competitive rhythm, he finished seventh in the Merksplas SuperPrestigio and second in the spectacular Overjise World Cup.
To the Merksplas race came without filming. Only two hours of specific cross country training and one hour of competition. A circuit defined by the sand area and in which Sweeck put the direct. Pidcock lacked consistency at the end of the competition, as his start was promising. “I lost a lot of time in the corners and left me a lot in various areas. My level is rising, but I’m happy despite the mistakes,” he recounted after his debut.
And I changed the pace for Overjise, which became a torment for the mud and the conditions. He had a starting mishap in the form of a breakdown and dedicated himself to going back to the European champion Vanthourenthout. He was left without victory due to a fall on the asphalt. 2 and great exhibition. He is already at the level of the best. “I only went in three hours,” he confessed.
Pidcock seeks to be the stone in the shoe of Van der Poel and Van Aert. “My goal is to revalidate this rainbow jersey,” he said at the end. And he has no better proof, because in Hulst Mathieu Van der Poel will return and be his main measuring stick among the best in the discipline.
“Pidcock didn’t take long to find his references in the mud. With which, Van der Poel believes that Van der Poel will adapt quickly. It will depend on the weather, but in the drop zone and fast section it will be strong. You can feel at ease,” said Gerben De Knegtcoach of the Dutch prodigy.