Tom Pidcock has won the U23 race of the Telenet UCI World Cup in Namur. The British World Cup leader proved the strongest in the Soudal Classic on theCitadel de Namur. Italian Jakob Dorigoni and Belgium?s Eli Iserbyt completed the podium.
Unlike the junior race, the U23 pack stuck together at the start. Five riders took the lead with names like Pidcock, Iserbyt, Benoist, Finé and Dorigoni. Britain's Pidcock attacked on the second long climb of the race. Only Iserbyt managed to stick with him, but not for long. The talented British youngster soon went solo on the Citadel.
Iserbyt lost time with a puncture and fell back to the middle of the top-ten. That promoted Benoist to second, while Finé and Dorigoni fought for the third step on the podium.
Pidcock swiftly pulled a 30-second gap. There was no hiding on the arduous course in Namur, which provided a stern test for the riders that was reflected in the results. Iserbyt managed to fight his way back to fourth place.
The duo chasing Pidcock felt his pressure and Dorigoni tried to drop Benoist several times. Pidcock was far gone and clinched a dominant win, proving again he's the best climber in the U23 category. Dorigoni beat Benoist for second place, Iserbyt was fourth.