Tom Pidcock: It was everyone against Ineos Grenadiers at the Tour of Britain

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Tom Pidcock was disappointed after being narrowly edged out by Movistar rider Gonzalo Serrano on Stage 4 of the 2022 Tour of Britain after a four-man breakaway.

“It would have been nice to win today, but I wasn’t fast enough in the sprint,” said the Ineos Grenadiers driver. TV Team at the arrival. “But we took the race, we were aggressive. I think everyone was waiting for us to do something. I think that’s the story of this race. In another interview, he said, “it seems like everyone is against Ineos Grenadiers”.

Magnus Sheffield was in an early breakaway and Andrey Amador’s pace cleared the way for Tom Pidcock to split the race. While part of a three-way move on Carlton Bank, with 30km to go it didn’t stick, Pidcock forced the key breakaway on the final climb of the day from Newgate Bank, with Serrano, his teammate Omar Fraile and Dylan Teuns (Israel -Premier Tech).

Pidcock now sits second overall seven seconds behind Serrano, with teammate Omar Fraile third at the same time.

“It’s going to be tough to win this race, because I don’t think we – or I – have the speed in the sprints to get the bonus seconds we need. But we will find how we can try to win.

Speaking to other reporters later, Pidcock added: “We tried several times. We are the home team, there is a bit of pressure and expectation on us to race, which makes winning even more difficult. I think we did pretty well under those circumstances.

The 149.5km fourth stage between Redcar and Duncombe Park, which took the peloton to the North Yorkshire Moors, was arguably the toughest of this year’s race.

When asked how he found the course, Pidcock replied: “It’s not difficult enough. We are in England, it is too easy. Today has been relatively difficult, but every day seems like a headwind. Maybe you can watch the prevailing wind, but yes you can do a tougher race in the UK. You don’t need all those sprint steps.

Meanwhile, it was a surprise victory for Serrano, 28, who is recovering from a broken elbow suffered in the spring. “Today was a crazy and difficult day, very attacking,” said the Spaniard. “I had very good legs and it’s a very good victory.”

He is aware of the fight he will have to fight to defend his lead until the finish.

“It’s not easy: Pidcock and Omar are very, very strong. I think the Tour of Britain is a very important race for Ineos… we will do our best for the general and, if possible, for the other stages.

Israel-Premier Tech also poses a threat, with Teuns fifth overall and stage one winner Corbin Strong lurking in sixth at 14 seconds, with the potential to use his strong sprint to earn extra seconds.

“It was gun racing, it was a tough day,” Teuns said. Cycling news after finishing. “But those two guys in the sprint were just faster.”

While perhaps the toughest ground is behind the Tour of Britain peloton, its rolling stages are ripe for ambush, whether from Ineos Grenadiers, Israel-Premier Tech or even Uno -X Pro Cycling Team, who showed their fangs by causing a split on Egton. Bank with 75 kilometers to go.

“It’s not over yet, there are still four days of racing left,” Teuns said before heading down to the team buses in Helmsley.

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