Thibaut Pinot is too handicapped in the back to shine on the Tour.


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Bernard Hinaut awaits his successor with even more impatience from us, and that pushes him, sometimes, to be cruel with the French riders.

New example in this interview with the


, where poor Thibaut Pinot takes it for his rank.

"He's unlucky, and that's obvious"

If the last French winner of the Tour recognizes that the leader of Groupama-FDJ "has no luck, and that is obvious", Hinault is no more convinced than that by Pinot's mental capacities to overcome the hard blows that regularly fall on him during the race: “To win the Tour, you have to be strong.

Mentally, you have to resist even when you have an injury.

You have to fight.


Tour de France: "Pinot is not made to win the Tour", considers Bernard Hinault


- The Parisian (@le_Parisien) September 8, 2020

Reference to these back pains that made the Franc-Comtois crack in the first serious stage of the 2020 edition, a year after this mysterious tear when he was the victory in the legs.

“I had a doubt in the Dauphiné, completes Hinault.

On the last stage, he is the leader but he explodes.

He throws away his can, he gets angry.

I said to myself at that moment: he has already lost the Tour.

In the head at this moment, he was not strong whereas physically he was very strong ”.

"Should we keep telling him that he can win the Tour?"


Like the interested party himself, Le Blaireau believes that it is time to approach the Tour de France differently for the French champion.

"Should we continue to put in his head that he can win the Tour or rather say to him:" you are going to win stages?

"A little angry, Marc Madiot still kept his restraint:" Bernard, when you were a runner, you believed in what you were doing.

So, grant us the weakness that we can believe in what we are doing ”.

Summary of the first week ... 🤦🏻‍♂️

- PINOT Thibaut (@ThibautPinot) September 7, 2020

The sporting director of Groupama-FDJ is in his role, but a point for Hinault on this.

It hurts everyone too much to see Pinot breaking his teeth every Tour year.


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