Pinot withstands attacks to keep Tour of the Alps lead

Tour of the Alps leader Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ)

Thibaut Pinot and his Groupama-FDJ team had numerous attacks thrown at them on a punchy 134km stage from Chiusa to Lienz on Thursday, but the Frenchman held fast to the overall lead of the Tour of the Alps with one stage remaining. The short, intense stage was fraught with threats to Pinot's lead in the race. After his teammates spent the day keeping a breakaway that included Ben Hermans (Israel Cycling Academy) - who began the stage only 2:02 behind on GC - from threatening, they had to control serious moves from Fabio Aru (UAE Team Emirates), Chris Froome (Team Sky) and Domenico Pozzovivo (Bahrain-Merida). The work eventually fell to Pinot himself. "Today it wasn't my best day, and I had a hard time responding to the many attacks that came from my rivals," Pinot admitted. "Pozzovivo, Lopez, Froome, Aru, are all very strong riders, all capable of attacking and ...

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