Thibaut Pinot gives up the World Cycling Championships in Imola.
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Thibaut Pinot declined his possible selection for the French team for the world championship scheduled for September 27 in Imola (Italy), we learned from national coach Thomas Voeckler on Friday.
“Thibaut warned me this morning, his back is hurting too much,” the former runner told AFP.
The Franc-Comtois, who would normally have been one of the leaders of the France team, is still feeling his fall during the first stage of the Tour de France, on August 29 in Nice.
Throughout the Tour, which he competes in the jersey of his Groupama-FDJ team, Pinot was unable to defend his chances.
Two days before the arrival in Paris, he is almost two hours behind the yellow jersey, the Slovenian Primoz Roglic.
The holders known on Sunday
"Thibaut is honest, he respects the France team" underlined Thomas Voeckler who gave at the beginning of the week, with the French Cycling Federation (FFC), the list of 13 preselected.
The list of the eight holders will be announced on Sunday, before the start of the 21st and final stage of the Tour.
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