Tom Pidcock has returned to cyclocross last week with great form, almost capturing the Overijse World Cup despite the crashes and mechanicals. He was close once again in Hulst, but abandoned the race dramatically inside the final lap following another crash.
The Briton was in second place and within range of eventual winner Mathieu van der Poel, but suffered a bent wheel in the final lap. This forms a sort of resemblance with Pauline Ferrand-Prevot who also struggled deeply with mechanicals in her first outing with INEOS Grenadiers at the Koppenbergcross, derailing her race.
Pidcock could not hop back on the bike and, far away from the pit area, decided to walk the bike. Eventually soon after, the Briton gave up on his wishes of finishing the race, hopping the barriers whilst still sitting inside the Top10.
The race was won by van der Poel in his return, with Laurens Sweeck taking the World Cup lead after finishing in front of Eli Iserbyt who rode into third place.
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