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Tom Pidcock named Great Britain Cycling Team rider of the year after sensational 2017

Two rainbow jerseys at junior level, one under-23 world cup and a national title in memorable year for 18-year-old

Tom Pidcock has been named Great Britain Cycling Team rider of the year following a sensational 2017 season that saw the 18-year-old from Yorkshire win two rainbow jerseys.

On Boxing Day, he rounded off a year that started with him winning the junior title at the cyclo-cross world championships by guaranteeing the overall victory at the 2017/18 cyclo-cross world cup with two rounds remaining.

> Tom Pidcock's Stellar 2017 ends on a high as he seals Under-23 Cyclo-cross World Cup title

British Cycling said that in being named rider of the year, Pidcock had received 28.72 per cent of the votes cast.

That was almost twice the percentage that secured by world and European omnium champion Katie Archibald, who was was second with 15.03 per cent, while junior downhill world champion Matt Walker third with 13.59 per cent.

Besides those successes in cyclo-cross that book-ended the year, Pidcock also secured some big wins on the road.

In April, he won Paris-Roubaix Juniors, becoming just the third British rider to do so after Geraint Thomas in 2004 and Andy Fenn in 2008.

> Tom Pidcock becomes third GB winner of Paris-Roubaix Juniors

His second world title of the year came in September In Bergen, when he won the junior time trial at the road world championships.

> Tom Pidcock puts his World Championship-winning time trial ride on Strava (+ video highlights)

In the UK, he won a round of the Tour Series at Durham in May after being invited to race as a guest rider and then in Sheffield in July, when he was still aged 17, bested the country’s top criterium racers when he won the National Circuit Race Championship.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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