Pinot takes pleasure in 100-kilometre Vuelta a Espana attack

Thibot Pinot tried his luck in the day's breakaway during stage 11 at the Vuelta

A fiery long-distance attack by Thibaut Pinot ( Groupama-FDJ ) that briefly threatened to blow the Vuelta a España apart finally neither netted the Frenchman a stage win or much of an advance in the overall standings, but Pinot was happy with the final result nonetheless. "A crazy stage. I tried everything I could. It didn't work out but at least I tried," Pinot said as he wheeled to a halt just a few metres after the finish, looking tired but by no means exhausted after nearly 100 kilometres off the front. Pinot's move alongside 19 other riders, including teammate Léo Vincent, gained a maximum of four minutes, making the Frenchman 'virtual' race leader by around 90 seconds. Although the move shattered in the closing kilometres and Pinot finished 10th, just 12 seconds ahead of the peloton of favourites, he seemed more than content with the outcome. Indeed throughout the ...

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