The first stage of the Tour de France will have left its mark. Insufficiently recovered from his fall in the streets of Nice, Thibaut Pinot had lost all hope of victory on the Champs-Elysées. Almost two months later, he had the opportunity to make up for it by putting himself at the service of David Gaudu on the Vuelta.
Because of the waking up of his back pain, he did not manage to hold this role for long. From the start of a complicated Tour of Spain, the Groupama – FDJ rider was in difficulty. His state of health even forced him to give up. This Thursday, in Lodosa, for the start of the third stage, the Franc-Comtois did not show up. Unlike the Grande Boucle where he hung on to reach Paris, the Frenchman will not see Madrid.
After two stages, Thibaut Pinot was relegated to 25’19 ” from the head of the race. A gap far too large to maintain ambitions in the Vuelta as the road was once again going up this Thursday with a hilly stage between Lodosa and La Laguna Negra – Vinuesa. His team announced his retirement, specifying that it was also the 2020 season of the native of Lure which ended there. It is now time for recovery to allow him to catch up during the 2021 season and definitely forget the first stage of the Tour de France 2020 which will have deprived him of the hoped-for success.