'I will need to win the Tour': Pinot on how to repair his Tour de France heartbreak

'I will need to win the Tour': Pinot on how to repair his Tour de France heartbreak

Joe Robinson 30 Jul 2019 The 29-year-old is still unsure what led to his heartbreaking Tour de France exit The pictures of Thibaut Pinot in floods of tears barely able to pedal his bike before abandoning the Tour de France on Stage 19 did not leave a dry eye in the house. The 29-year-old was riding the Tour of his life. Despite losing 1 minute 40 seconds in the crosswinds of Stage 10 to Albi, the Groupama-FDJ leader had battled back to recover the deficit. He was unmatchable when taking victory on the Tourmalet on Stage 14 and a day later, on the road to Foix, he dropped all of his rivals to the summit. By that point, he had made back those 100 seconds he had lost. Yet by the time the race had reached the Alps, Pinot was suffering from a knee injury that left him barely able ...

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