Pinot to miss Tour de France

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

The Groupama-FDJ team have announced that Thibaut Pinot will not ride the Tour de France because the Frenchman has struggled to fully recover from the fatigue and pneumonia that forced him to quit the Giro d’Italia before the final stage in Rome. The French team said it will now hope Arnaud Demare can win sprint stages, with David Gaudu named as a replacement for Pinot. The 21-year-old climber won the 2016 Tour de l'Avenir and made his professional debut in 2017. He needed nine stitches in a hand wound during the Criterium du Dauphine but fought the pain to finish the race. Despite resting since the Giro d’Italia, the results of recent medical check-ups have ruled Pinot out of the Tour de France, forcing Groupama-FDJ to make a final decision on its eight-rider squad for the Tour de France. Pinot is expected to work on making a full recovery during ...

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