Tom Pidcock: 'I'm not trying to jump in the deep end and say I want to ride the Tour de France next year'

The 21-year-old lines up in his first elite men's World Championship road race days after announcing he will step up to the WorldTour with Ineos in 2021

Tom Pidcock at the 2019 Yorkshire Worlds (Yuzuru Sunada)

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Slow and steady wins the race shouldn't be a proverb that applies to bike racing, but for Tom Pidcock, it's what has worked so far.

The 21-year-old may be stepping up to the WorldTour with Ineos next year, and about to ride his first-ever elite men's road race at the World Championships, but the latter wasn't by design.

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Hi. I'm Cycling Weekly's Weekend Editor. I like writing offbeat features and eating too much bread when working out on the road at bike races.

Before joining Cycling Weekly I worked at The Tab and I've also written for Vice, Time Out, and worked freelance for The Telegraph (I know, but I needed the money at the time so let me live).

I also worked for ITV Cycling between 2011-2018 on their Tour de France and Vuelta a España coverage. Sometimes I'd be helping the producers make the programme and other times I'd be getting the lunches. Just in case you were wondering - Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen had the same ham sandwich every day, it was great.