Tom Pidcock overcomes mechanical problems and controversy to claim gold

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Tom Pidcock, the Olympic champion, secured a memorable gold medal in the world championships in the Tweed Valley, dominating the final laps of the cross-country Olympic discipline. Pidcock, who became the first British man to win the title, held off a late chase from New Zealand’s Sam Gaze, after moving into the lead at the start of the last two laps.

“It’s a big relief,” Pidcock said of his victory. “It’s been a long week building up to this. In front of the home crowd, it’s pretty special. The last few laps were so stressful. My gears were not working well. They were jumping, up every climb. Gaze was coming and I thought it could all go in the bin at any moment.”

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Written by Jeremy Whittle at Glentress Forest
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