Tom Pidcock gives up for the World Cup in Wollongong, Australia. The cyclocross world champion is riding the Tour of Britain – in which he finished fifth on Sunday – his very last road race of the season.
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“Mentally it’s no longer about rebuilding to Australia,” said Pidcock after the opening stage of the Tour of Britain in Scotland. “To strike at the World Cup, I have to be 100 percent. After I lost the World Cup mountain biking, I couldn’t take it anymore. If you set your sights on the rainbow jersey, you have to be one hundred percent. And I’m not,” said the Brit, who is taking a rest and then will contest some cyclocross again.
The British selection would be led by Ethan Hayter and Fred Wright, but coach Brammeier has yet to make the decisions.
Alejandro Valverde is also likely to be missing from the World Cup. The Spanish veteran wants to go, but is not allowed from his team. The reason is obvious: like Lotto-Soudal and so many other teams, Movistar is engaged in a great battle to keep the WorldTour license. Not only Enric Mas has to participate in this Vuelta, but also Alejandro Valverde.