Thomas Piddock takes gold in mountain biking

The Briton beat the Swiss Mathias Flueckinger and the Spanish David Valero to win the gold medal at Tokyo 2020

The British Thomas Pidcock, a 21-year-old Ineos team rider, has been proclaimed champion in the Olympic Games of Tokyo 2020 in Mountain biking ahead of the Swiss Mathias Flueckinger and from spanish David valero, which culminated in a great comeback on the podium.

On a very technical route of 28.25 kilometers divided into a first lap of 1.3 and seven of 3.85, Pidcock he went ahead on the fifth lap and crossed the line victorious with a time of 1h25: 14.

Twenty seconds later it arrived Flueckiger (sixth in Rio 2016 and twice world runner-up) ahead of David valero, which came 34 seconds after the champion.

The Granada-born, led by Carlos Coloma, had qualified ninth in the 2016 Rio Games, where his coach precisely hung the bronze medal. Five years later Valero has progressed to the third drawer of the podium, starring in the great comeback of the race.

Eighth in the 2016 World Cup, he was 35th here on the first lap of the circuit and ended up on the podium.

It was the second international medal for the Baza cyclist, who also obtained the same metal at the 2018 Glasgow Europeans.

Pidcock (Ineos), a 21-year-old rider for the Ineos team, alternates mountain biking with road bikes, with which he already has great performances: a second place, this same year, in the classic Amstel Gold Race; a bronze medal at the 2019 U-23 World Cup and the junior world time trial title in 2017.

The big favorite, the Dutch Mathieu Van der Poel, a four-time cyclo-cross world champion, gave up all his hopes in the hard crash he suffered in the opening stages of the race, on a downhill section, when he was running in the top five.

For more than a minute he sat on the ground and, although he finally resumed the race, on the fifth lap, a long way from the top positions, he chose to quit.