Tom Pidcock called a bad sport as he emerges from crash to take World Championship bronze

Tom Pidcock called a bad sport as he emerges from crash to take World Championship bronze

Tom Pidcock was accused of bad sportsmanship after being involved in a final-corner collision before claiming mountain bike cross-country short track bronze at the UCI World Championships.

The Ineos Grenadiers rider, who is the Olympic champion in the event, collided with rival Luca Schwarzbauer on the sharp final bend of the Glentress Forest course in Scotland, sending the German rider to the ground and edging him out of the medals.

“I know he’s Tom Pidcock and he’s a superstar, but this doesn’t give him the right to do that,” said a frustrated Schwarzbauer, who looked poised to finish on the podium before the incident.

“He’s so aggressive, you can really see he’s the most aggressive rider, no one else rides like this. You can do this but in my eyes it’s not really sportsman [like].”

But Pidcock, who made up nine places in a single lap as he rose from 18th to third, only to drop back with a handful of laps remaining, played down the incident. “I went for the inside and pushed him out onto the gravel and then Luca’s crashed unfortunately,” he said.

Pidcock’s bronze was matched by Evie Richards in the women’s event. The 26-year-old from Malvern was in contention for a gold but faded when France’s Pauline Ferrand Prevot, the eventual winner, attacked as the lead pack embarked on a final lap of the course.

Meanwhile, Dame Sarah Storey stormed to a 17th road para-cycling title in the women’s C5 individual time trial in Dumfries, a year on since she was involved in a horror crash in Quebec.

Britain’s most successful Paralympian suffered a punctured lung and a broken rib from the career-threatening incident, but her remarkable comeback was confirmed as she laid down the fastest time over the lumpy 28.2km course to claim her 42nd world title, finishing in 39 minutes 48.89 seconds.

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