Pinot: My health is my only enemy

Thibaut Pinot shows the pain of his efforts after stage 20 at the Giro d'Italia

Thibaut Pinot ( Groupama-FDJ) confirmed on Friday that he will miss this year’s Tour de France as he recovers from the pneumonia and fatigue that abruptly ended his Giro d’Italia. In an interview with L’Équipe published on Saturday, the Frenchman revisited his travails on the penultimate stage of the Giro and acknowledged that his tendency to fall ill during Grand Tours limits his prospects of winning a three-week stage race. Pinot was on course for a podium place at this year’s Giro only to lose 45 minutes on the final mountain stage to Cervinia. He was taken to hospital in Aosta that evening and was too ill to start the following day’s concluding stage in Rome. “It’s not that it just happens often, it always happens. Apart from the 2014 Tour [where Pinot placed 3rd overall – ed.], I’ve never been at 100% like the other leaders in three-week races,” ...

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