Tom Pidcock has posted a video of himself riding out of the saddle just six days after breaking his collar bone into five pieces in a vehicle collision.
This is a truly superhuman recovery and adds credence to the claim made by his coach, Kurt Bogaerts, that he will be back racing by Les Gets on July 4th ahead of the Olympic Games race on July 26. Pidcock was not scheduled to race the XC Cup in Leogang this weekend but he did have to miss the Tour de Suisse road race because of the incident.
It has also now been confirmed that Pidcock sustained the injury following a collision with a car that left his bike snapped in two. A picture was posted by the La Flamme Rouge Twitter account
We wish Tom the best in his ongoing recovery and hope to see him back to full fitness by Les Gets.
Tom Pidcock has broken his collar bone in a training crash.
An Ineos Grenadiers press release
confirms that he underwent surgery at a hospital in Girona this morning and is currently recovering from the incident.
Pidcock made an incredibly strong start to the XC racing season by battling through the field in Albstadt
then picking up his first elite win in Nove Mesto
. He is also likely to take Great Britain’s elite male Olympic spot and will be one of the favourites to secure a medal in Tokyo.
Coach Kurt Bogaerts said: “Tom is doing well and is already looking ahead and focussed on his rehabilitation. While this means he won’t be able to start at the Tour de Suisse this week as planned, he will get back to training as soon as possible and prepare for the rest of the season.”
Pidcock was scheduled to race the Tour de Suisse road race then the Les Gets World Cup in preparation for the Games. We have reached out to Tom to see how this will affect his Olympic preparation and will update this article with more information as we get it.