This week's guest is a young man who has made a big splash in his first couple of months racing in the World Tour.
I knew the name Tom Pidcock because he's been racing on the coat tails of Mathieu van der Poel and Wout van Aert in cyclo-cross for a couple of winters now, but I'd never actually met him or spoken to him before.
But when I got a message to say Tom would love to come on the podcast I was really keen to find out more about a man whose reputation preceded him.
We've all seen how well he's fitted in right at the top level in some of the Classics this season. Third place in Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne, fifth at Strade Bianche and right up there in Milan-Sanremo are results that pretty much anyone would be happy with but Tom is a 21-year-old neo pro.
I must admit I probably had a preconceived idea of what Tom would be like. I thought his swagger off the bike would match his swagger on it. He's a confident guy, no doubt, but he was also really down to earth and a pleasure to chat to so I hope you all enjoy finding out a bit more about him.
Photo by Sean Hardy @Hardyccphotos
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