The excess of riders born in the last years of the last century or the first of the present continues with Thomas Pidcock after his

first professional victory at age 21 in the Brabanzona Arrow

against one of the most talented riders in classics, the Belgian

Wout van Aert

(Jumbo Visma).

He also managed an off-road speed classic, the Italian

Matteo Trentin

(UAE Emirates).

By the way: on Pidcock's cycling license it says that he is a climber, not a sprinter.

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We were warned, because the Leeds rider

had displayed fantastic exhibitions in youth and in the Under 23 category

, where he won the

Giro Ciclistico and four stages

last year


And this year, first in the WorldTour category, he had been

third in the Belgian Kuurne classic and fifth in the Italian Strade Bianche


But yesterday he went beyond expectations: he controlled the race with his team, which

tightened the race 50 km from the end

, beat Van Aert to consolidate a leading trio and also reduced the powerful attack of Trentin, who was looking to arrive alone to the finish line with 27 kilometers to go.

In the end there

were three left

, with a platoon approaching them at full speed.

The trio was marked.

Trentin was already melted and Van Aert hoped that Pidock, given his theoretical inferiority and less experience, would rush.

But not.

A wild sextet was already approaching


, so the Belgian launched the sprint, the Briton held the attack and

passed him widely 25 meters from the banner



The chasing group was approaching and I was getting nervous

, but I waited. Van Aert started, I went to him and beat him," explained the latest wonder of generation Z.

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