Tom Pidcock 'born to do mountain bike' after beating Mathieu van der Poel by a minute in Nove Mesto

The Brit showed his class as he won the cross-country final by more than a minute

Tom Pidcock
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Tom Pidcock beat Mathieu van der Poel by a minute to win his first-ever elite World Cup mountain bike race in the cross-country final at Nove Mesto.

The pair had broken away from the rest of the field early on before Pidcock dropped the Dutchman on the third lap, then solo-ing away to victory and finishing exactly a minute ahead of his rival.

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