‘It doesn’t change anything’ - Tom Pidcock’s coach on Tadej Pogačar at Strade Bianche

Kurt Bogaerts says the pressure is off for Pidcock as he looks to defend the title he emphatically won last year

Tom Pidcock
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Tadej Pogačar’s presence on the Strade Bianche start line on Saturday will change nothing for the defending champion, Tom Pidcock, according to his Ineos Grenadiers coach.

Pidcock returns to Tuscany this weekend after emphatically winning the one day Italian Classic 12 months ago. This time round, he’ll go up against Pogačar, who won Strade Bianche himself two years ago, in a similar fashion; both won from 50km solo attacks.

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Tom Thewlis

Tom has been writing for Cycling Weekly since 2022 and his news stories, rider interviews and features appear both online and in the magazine. 

Since joining the team, he has reported from some of professional cycling's biggest races and events including the Tour de France and the World Championships in Glasgow. He has also covered races elsewhere across the world. 

As well as on the ground reporting, Tom writes race reports from the men's and women's WorldTour and helps with coverage of UK domestic cycling.