Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) is according to his foreman, Marc Madiot another rider after his triumph in the past the Tour of Lombardy. This year’s Pinot to be able to re-shine in the Tour de France, says Madiot.
“He is now a different man, determined and strong. Thibaut has a monument won. In the head, that changes everything. You will be the new and true Pinot!”, told Madiot Monday about the 28-year-old Frenchman in the performance of his rennersgroep.
Since his third place in the final standings in 2014, and his stage win on Alpe d’huez one year later, gave Pinot a lot of disappointments in the Tour de France. In 2015, he was 16th, in 2016 and 2017, he gave in. Last year, he had to default let it go for the Tour, after he left the Giro with a pneumonia had left.
For the first time went to Pinot with different team mates on hoogtestage in the Spanish Tenerife, the Teide. “It is still early to see what will come”, dampened Pinot, who are season opens up in the Lap of the Provence and in march, the Tirreno-Adriatico and the Tour of Catalonia is driving.