Tom Pidcock: ‘I felt like a pretender in the Tour de France GC group’

Ineos Grenadier says Matej Mohorič's emotional post win interview from stage 19 resonated with him

Tom Pidcock crosses the line at the 2023 Tour de France
Tom Pidcock crosses the line at the 2023 Tour de France
(Image credit: Tom de Waele / Getty)

Tom Pidcock has said he’s learned more from this year’s Tour de France, where he fell short of repeating his stage win of 2022, than he did from last year but suffered with imposter syndrome.

The Ineos Grenadier finished the race with a pair of attacking rides on stages 19 and 20 but was unable to bag the win he craved. He started the race with a GC result in mind but after a few bad days in the Alps saw him tumble down the standings he finished 13th, just three places ahead of his position in his maiden Tour de France.

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Having trained as a journalist at Cardiff University I spent eight years working as a business journalist covering everything from social care, to construction to the legal profession and riding my bike at the weekends and evenings. When a friend told me Cycling Weekly was looking for a news editor, I didn't give myself much chance of landing the role, but I did and joined the publication in 2016. Since then I've covered Tours de France, World Championships, hour records, spring classics and races in the Middle East. On top of that, since becoming features editor in 2017 I've also been lucky enough to get myself sent to ride my bike for magazine pieces in Portugal and across the UK. They've all been fun but I have an enduring passion for covering the national track championships. It might not be the most glamorous but it's got a real community feeling to it.