Pinot 'Still In The Match' At Tour De France Despite Setback

Thibaut Pinot at the end of stage 10

Ten minutes into Thibaut Pinot 's rest day press conference on the Tour de France , Marc Madiot steered the conversation back towards the message he had already touched upon during the short speech he had made to open proceedings. The Groupama-FDJ manager was seated beside his rider, an arm draped almost protectively across the back of the couch, with reporters standing and sitting all around them. Without shifting so much as an inch in his seat, Madiot suddenly projected his voice to fill the entire lobby of Hotel La Réserve on the outskirts of Albi. "He's still in the match," Madiot interjected, after Pinot had fielded a question on the 1:40 he conceded in the crosswinds on stage 10. "We're still only a minute or so down on six or seven good riders. We're going to get stuck in. OK, it hurts, we took a bit of a blow, ...

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