Once again unhappy this year, will Thibaut Pinot (30) end up winning the Tour de France one day? For Bernard Hinault and his outspokenness, it’s no. While the leader of the Groupama-FDJ team has already lost the race, the five-time winner of the Grande Boucle believes that the new darling of the French will never put his name on the prize list, the fault in particular of too much mentality. fragile to hope for better than stage victories or a place of honor in the final general classification. “Personally, I think it is not made to win the Tour but to win stages, says Hinault. To win the Tour, you have to be strong. Mentally, you have to resist even when you have an injury. You have to fight. “However, the” Badger “witnessed another scene during the last Critérium du Dauphiné, known to be the dress rehearsal of the Tour, which made him think that Pinot will always have his legs, but never his head, knowing that he must both to triumph in a Grand Tour, as Hinault has done ten times in his career (he also has three Tours of Spain and two Tours of Italy on his brilliant CV). “On the last stage, he is the leader but he explodes. He throws away his can, gets angry. I said to myself at that moment: ” He has already lost the Tour. ” In the head at that moment, he was not strong while physically he was very strong. “
Hinault: “He’s unlucky, that’s obvious, but …”
A hard observation that leads Hinault to think that the Franc-Comtois should not have any regrets, but understand that he is not made of the same wood as a Christopher Froome, a Miguel Indurain or even an Egan Bernal, winner of the last edition, and know how to be content to shine in one-day races like the Tour of Lombardy (“it is this kind of races which are for him”) or “to go for beautiful stages like at the Tourmalet. ‘last year’. “It’s already very good”, assures the Norman, without hiding that the bad luck which seems to stick to the skin of Pinot on the Tour does not help his fate. “He’s unlucky, and that’s obvious. But 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” “? Bernard Hinault is convinced he has the answer. Not sure that Thibaut Pinot will really like it.