Despite overwhelming heat, the Groupama-FDJ rider won the 7th stage of the Tour de Suisse on Saturday.
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Gain maximum confidence. After “a complicated start to the week”, in his words, Thibaut Pinot reassured himself, Saturday June 18, by winning the 7th stage of the Tour de Suisse. In front from the start of the day, the Groupama-FDJ rider played and won. At the foot of the Malbun, the Frenchman let himself be taken down before returning to the train on the leading men, Alexey Lutsenko (Astana) and Ion Izagirre (Cofidis).
“This victory means a lot because for me the Tour de Suisse is one of the most beautiful races of the season, it’s a special place for me. It’s a victory that confirms all the work that has been done since the beginning of the season”, he rejoiced at the end of his victory, the second of the season for the Groupama-FDJ rider. “It was so hot that I didn’t want to put myself in the red. I took a risk and in the end everyone who rode hard on foot paid for it in the end. I think my tactic was the right one. “, analyzed the Franc-Comtois, who congratulated himself on having raised his arms despite the overwhelming heat: “For me, winning under 35°C is important.” The day before, he had completed the day alongside the favourites, a position which had confirmed his good form.
This victory, after that of the Tour of the Alps, comes at the right time, two weeks before the start of the Grande Boucle, in Copenhagen (Denmark), on July 1. “It allows you to be calm until the start of the Tour de France, where we will aim to win stages. So it was important to arrive really confident.” Freed from the pressure of aiming for a good place in the general classification, Thibaut Pinot checked off several stages, in particular that of the Planche des Belles Filles.