Pidcock is only 10 months younger than two-time Tour de France winner Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) but has a different career trajectory. He dominated the 2020 Under-23 Giro d’Italia but also won the Junior and U23 editions of Paris-Roubaix, and like Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) he enjoys mountain biking and cyclo-cross.” No. I won’t do it next year, ”Pidock said with a silent pause, when asked if he would compete in the 2022 Tour de France.
“Maybe I will ride it in 2023,” he added, indicating that he will continue to mix his racing disciplines, perhaps targeting the classics and the mountain bike world championships in 2022, with the Giro d’Italia a possibility as a key block in stage racing.
“Right now the focus is on the classics but I definitely want to switch to GC at some point,” he said, wise beyond his years.
“It takes more time and energy and it’s a much more high-pressure environment. There is no rush to go that way soon.
This year’s road racing world championships in Belgium and the upcoming Paris-Roubaix on Sunday October 3 are more immediate goals. La Vuelta will serve as the basis for the final objectives of his first season at World Tour level with Ineos Grenadiers.
Pidcock finished fifth at Strade Bianche in March, then won De Brabantse Pijl and finished second behind Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) at the Amstel Gold Race. He won gold in Tokyo in the cross-country mountain bike race just weeks after breaking his collarbone and undergoing surgery after being hit by a car in training.
“It’s about refocusing on the Worlds in September, hoping to gain experience and also strength. Pidcock spoke about the Vuelta a España and Paris-Roubaix.
“Of course I won the Junior and U23 versions (of Paris-Roubaix), so there is only one left… Of course it’s a goal, it’s also one of my favorite races. I don’t know if I will be racing this year, but for sure I want to try to win it one day.
I just kept enough shape to be able to run for three weeks
Ineos Grenadiers will start the Vuelta a España with three team leaders: Giro d’Italia winner Egan Bernal, Olympic road racing champion and Tour de France podium Richard Carapaz and also Adam Yates, who specifically focused on the Vuelta all season.
Pidcock could be an additional arrow in the British super team’s arc, but carefully kept his expectations low, admitting that he had deliberately celebrated his Olympic success at length, leaving him without complete motivation for a three-week mountain hike around Spain.
“This is my first Grand Tour and I can’t wait to be there. But I have no expectations for anything. I celebrated the Olympics so I’m here for the experience, there’s no expectation of results or anything, ”he said, trying to take the pressure off his young shoulders.
“I probably won’t be very good the first week and maybe people should forget about me by participating in the race. I’ll just ride. Take it day to day. I guess the plans can change pretty quickly and maybe I’ll start to feel good and motivated, but there is no plan.
“I can’t wait to help Egan [Bernal] and Ritchie [Carapaz] and Adam [Yates]. I think it’s also a good thing to do, without pressure.
“People have advised me to celebrate well before I move on, so that’s what I’ve been doing since the Olympics. I took advantage of every minute. The Olympics are something some people work for their entire careers. I did this on my first try and when I was 21. I think it’s a huge achievement and I let it in.
“I just kept enough shape to be able to run for three weeks. I am not in great shape and fully motivated but I will definitely take advantage of it. Egan has won two Grand Tours so there is a lot to learn from him. I can’t wait to help him in this race.