'One hell of an experience' says Tom Pidcock after debut in elite men's road race at World Championships

The Brit was visible throughout the majority of the race and says it's only a matter of time before he's challenging for top honours

Tom Pidcock (Photo by Luc Claessen/Getty Images)

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Tom Pidcock has described his debut in the elite men's road race at the UCI Road World Championships as "one hell of an experience", having ridden to a respectable 42nd place.

The 21-year-old finished nearly 10 minutes down on winner Julian Alaphilippe, saying his legs were empty once the bunch entered the final lap of the Imola circuit, but he and the young British team that accompanied him are able to take a lot of positives as they build for the future.

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