Tokyo 2020 - Tom Pidcock: I've worked so hard for it
Jul 27 2021 10:06 am CET

Tokyo 2020 - Tom Pidcock: I've worked so hard for it
Tokyo 2020 - Tom Pidcock: I've worked so hard for it
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Tom Pidcock (Great Britain, Ineos-Grenadiers) has taken the Gold medal in the mountain bike event in the Olympic Games of Tokyo 2020.

The Briton started the race as one of the favourites, along with Mathieu Van der Poel, but the Dutchman crashed out of the race. The rider -who suffered a broken collarbone eight weeks ago- managed to control the gap with the attackers and at the end crossed the finish line 20 seconds before Mathias Flückiger (Switzerland), while David Valero (Spain) claimed bronze.

"It's unbelievable, really," said Pidcock. "To keep myself calm, I was just telling myself I'm going to become an Olympian - and now I'm an Olympic champion! It's incredible. Everyone works so hard for the Olympics, and it's unbelievable, really.

"Late last year was the first time I did a World Cup in mountain bike, so it hasn't been a dream for that long. But I've worked so hard for it. It’s been really hard (since the injury). I haven’t done a good race since, but I trained really hard. I knew I was in great shape, but there’s always doubt. Once the race started, I knew I was in a good place. (With the heat) obviously I didn’t feel good, but everyone just told me no one is going to feel good.

"Once the race gets going it becomes routine really. The nerves go and it's just gameface."






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