‘Racing at the Tour is just full gas all the time’ - Tom Pidcock looks back on ‘explosive’ Tour de France debut

British rider explains the need to sacrifice aims in the classics for future Tour de France general classification bid

Tom Pidcock
Pidcock took a stunning maiden Tour de France stage victory on Alpe d'Huez in July
(Image credit: Getty Images)

Tom Pidcock has all the talent needed to attempt to win a future Tour de France, but says that in order to tackle the “explosive” general classification racing, he would need to put aims in the spring classics temporarily to one side.

Reflecting back on his breathtaking Tour de France debut at Rouleur Live in London, the British rider explained that the French grand tour was “a completely different beast” to any other races he had experienced before.

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Tom joined Cycling Weekly in early 2022 and his news stories, rider interviews and features appear both online and in the magazine. 

He has reported from some of professional cycling's biggest races and events including the Tour de France and the recent Glasgow World Championships. He has also covered races elsewhere across the world and interviewed some of the sport's top riders. 

When not writing news scoops from the WorldTour, or covering stories from elsewhere in the domestic professional scene, he reports on goings on at bike shops up and down the UK, where he is based when not out on the road at races. He has also appeared on the Radio Cycling podcast.