Tom Pidcock Is On His Way to the Olympics Now

The Yorkshire Post in Great Britain reports that Tom Pidcock has now officially qualified for the Tokyo Olympics. Pidcock won the World Cup XCO race at Nove Mesto on Sunday, but even after that win it still was questionable whether Great Britain would get to send him or anyone else to compete in the men’s Olympic mountain bike competition. Apparently, Britain was ranked too far down in the international

Thomas Pidcock poses with the gold medal at UCI XCO World Championships in Leogang, Austria on October 9, 2020 // Bartek Wolinski/Red Bull Content Pool // 

points rankings to earn a spot for one of its riders before Sunday. That has now changed, apparently. Here’s what The Yorkshire Post in England reported:

“Leeds’s Tom Pidcock and Great Britain have secured qualification for the mountain bike event at the Tokyo Olympics after his dramatic victory in the World Cup race in Nove Mesto, Czech Republic on Sunday.

“Pidcock’s stunning win – by over a minute from Mathieu Van Der Poel – was his first at an elite World Cup event and first at this level by a British man since Gary Foord in 1994, though it was actually academic in terms of securing a ticket for Tokyo.

“Instead it was a 17th place for Romanian Vlad Dascalu which proved pivotal – securing his own direct qualification for the Games and helping Great Britain move up the rankings, with British Cycling confirming the place on Monday.

“The 21-year-old Pidcock, under-23 world champion in the discipline in 2020, will immediately become one of the favourites for a medal in Japan.”

 

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