Tom Pidcock takes learning from his Amstel Gold frustration

It says much about the burning ambition of Tom Pidcock that even in his first year as road race pro, the Team Ineos rider from Yorkshire is not happy with second place in a Spring Classic.

Tom Pidcock wins leads Wout Van Aert (Belgium / Team Jumbo-Visma) last week but he was beaten by him in Amstel Gold on Sunday (Picture: VK/PN/Cor Vos/SWpix.com)

Pidcock, 21, came within millimetres of victory at Amstel Gold on Sunday, losing out by the narrowest of margins to Wout Van Aert, who took the win following a photo finish in Limburg.

Pidcock launched a move on the final lap and headed into the final kilometre alongside Van Aert and Maximilian Schachmann. Pidcock came off the wheel of Van Aert and almost came through to take a famous victory.

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“I should have started first because I was faster,” reflected Pidcock,

“That is a great learning moment. I gave Wout a small gap for the sprint, but we were too close to the finish. I was too far behind him and should have stayed in his wheel.

“I did ride a good race. I think I was the strongest in the race and I am happy with that feeling. But it’s frustrating that the difference is so small.”

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