'I think I can be proud of that' - Tom Pidcock settles for second on Tour de France gravel stage

Brit wishes he 'had a bit more racecraft like Cav' after narrowly missing out on victory from stage nine breakaway

Tom Pidcock at the Tour de France
(Image credit: Getty Images)

After the finish line in Troyes, Tom Pidcock sat on a shaded kerb, staring at the floor. His face told the story of the day. Dry and dusty, the skin on his nose looked as if it might flake off in small pieces, his facial hair powdered with dirt from the gravel tracks. 

The minutes after the stage were for his own introspection. As the crowd of press around him swelled in size, Pidcock chose not to utter a word. Instead, he moved slowly, swigging a dark purple liquid from a plastic bottle, and trying to avoid eye contact. A team soigneur crouched on the tarmac beside him, respecting his wish for stillness.

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Tom Davidson
Senior News Writer

Tom joined Cycling Weekly as a news and features writer in the summer of 2022, having previously contributed as a freelancer. He is the host of The TT Podcast, which covers both the men's and women's pelotons and has featured a number of prominent British riders. 

An enthusiastic cyclist himself, Tom likes it most when the road goes uphill and actively seeks out double-figure gradients on his rides. 

He's also fluent in French and Spanish and holds a master's degree in International Journalism.