Pinot at the 2011 Critérium du Dauphiné
|Full name||Thibaut Pinot|
29 May 1990 |
Mélisey, Haute-Saône, France
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Weight||63 kg (139 lb; 9.9 st)|
|2010–||Française des Jeux|
Thibaut Pinot (born 29 May 1990 in Mélisey, Haute-Saône) is a French professional road bicycle racer for UCI ProTeam FDJ. He is rated as one of the most promising talents in French cycling, and ended as third overall in the 2014 Tour de France, and first in the young rider classification in the race.
Pinot, aged 22 was the youngest rider in the 2012 Tour de France. He took a prestigious victory on the eighth stage from Belfort to Porrentruy, which comprised seven categorized climbs including the Category 1 Col de la Croix, where he passed Fredrik Kessiakoff (Astana) shortly before the summit. He then negotiated the descent and the flat portion of road before the finish situated 16 km from the climb. He held on to his lead over the chasing group which included some of the Tour's general classification contenders despite the head wind, being frantically encouraged by his team manager, Marc Madiot. He crossed the line alone with an advantage of 26 seconds over the chasers. Despite being the youngest rider of the Tour, he managed to finish 10th overall in the final general classification. At 22 years and 54 days, he became the youngest rider to finish in the top 10 since Raymond Impanis in 1947, who was then 21 years and 8 months old.
At the 2013 Tour de France, Pinot abandoned the race on stage 16. He rebounded from this disappointment to finish seventh overall in the Vuelta a España. At the 2014 Tour de France, Pinot won the white jersey for being the best young rider and finished in third place in the final general classification, behind Vincenzo Nibali (1st) and Jean-Christophe Péraud (2nd). He and Péraud became the first Frenchmen to finish in the top three overall in the Tour de France since Richard Virenque finished as the runner-up overall in 1997. It was the first time in 30 years that two Frenchmen finished in the top three overall in the Tour de France - Laurent Fignon (winner) and Bernard Hinault (runner-up) finished in the top two overall in 1984.
In 2015, Pinot had his first victory of the season at the Tour de Romandie. He won the queen stage of the race with seven seconds of an advantage over his nearest pursuer, Ilnur Zakarin of Team Katusha. He finished fourth in the general classification and was awarded the best Young rider jersey. In June, as he was preparing for the 2015 Tour de France, he participated to the Tour de Suisse and won the queen stage, a long and difficult event featuring a mountaintop finish. He won solo at the foot of the Rettenbach glacier. At the 2015 Tour de France, Pinot won Stage 20 (it finished in Alpe d'Huez) in solo fashion and finished 16th in the final general classification.
Pinot performed badly in Stage 12 of the 2016 Tour de France, finishing a massive 28:24 behind the stage winner Thomas De Gendt. Pinot withdrew from the race just before the start of Stage 13 because he was suffering from bronchitis. He was in 34th position in the general classification 42 min and 54 sec behind the overall leader Chris Froome after the end of Stage 12. Pinot had worn the polka dot jersey for 3 stages (Stages 10, 11 and 12) during that Tour. On 16 Jul 2016, Pinot announced his withdrawal from the upcoming road race and time trial events of the 2016 Olympics Games because he required a prolonged rest due to his bronchitis and would not recover in time to paritcipate in the 2016 Olympics Games. On 1 Sep, Pinot announced on Twitter that his 2016 cycling season had come to an end, citing "persistent fatigue due to a virus" and "in order to prepare best for the next season" as the reasons for his decision to end his season prematurely. He had not raced in any cycling event since his withdrawal from the Tour de France just before the start of Stage 13.
- 1st Overall Giro della Valle d'Aosta
- 1st Stage 3 Tour des Pays de Savoie
- 1st Tour du Canton de Mareuil Verteillac
- 1st Grand Prix de la ville de Delle
- 1st Mountains classification Tour de Romandie
- 1st Mountains classification Paris–Corrèze
- 1st Overall Tour d'Alsace
- 1st Stage 5
- 1st Overall Settimana Ciclistica Lombarda
- 1st Stage 1
- Tour de l'Ain
- 1st Stages 2 & 4
- 2nd Overall Rhône-Alpes Isère Tour
- 3rd Tre Valli Varesine
- 3rd Overall Tour of Turkey
- 7th Overall Bayern-Rundfahrt
- 9th Gran Premio Bruno Beghelli
- 1st Stage 5 Tour de l'Ain
- 10th Overall Tour de France
- 1st Stage 8
- 4th Overall Tour de Suisse
- 6th Overall Tour de l'Ain
- 7th Overall Vuelta a España
- 8th Overall Volta a Catalunya
- 3rd Overall Tour de France
- 4th Tour du Doubs
- 5th Overall Bayern-Rundfahrt
- 9th Overall Tour of the Basque Country
- 9th Grand Prix de Wallonie
- 10th Overall Tour de Romandie
- 1st Overall Tour du Gévaudan Languedoc-Roussillon
- 1st Stage 20 Tour de France
- 2nd Overall Critérium International
- 3rd Giro di Lombardia
- 4th Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
- 4th Overall Tour de Romandie
- 4th Overall Tour de Suisse
- 1st Stage 5
- 4th Milano–Torino
- 6th Grand Prix de Wallonie
- 6th International Road Cycling Challenge
- 10th Overall Tour of the Basque Country
- 1st Time trial, National Road Championships
- 1st Overall Critérium International
- 1st Stage 6 Critérium du Dauphiné
- 2nd Overall Tour de Romandie
- 1st Stage 3 (ITT)
- 2nd Grand Prix d'Ouverture La Marseillaise
- 3rd Overall Étoile de Bessèges
- 4th Overall Volta ao Algarve
- 4th Overall Tour of the Basque Country
- 5th Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
- Tour de France
- Held after Stages 9–11
- Combativity award Stage 8
General classification results timeline
|Grand Tour general classification results|
|Tour de France||—||—||10||DNF||3||16||DNF|
|Vuelta a España||—||—||—||7||DNF||—||—|
|Major stage race general classification results|
|Volta a Catalunya||49||—||DNF||8||13||—||—||—|
|Tour of the Basque Country||—||—||DNF||40||9||10||4||—|
|Tour de Romandie||30||—||11||12||10||4||2|
|Critérium du Dauphiné||20||16||—||—||—||—||16|
|Tour de Suisse||—||—||DNF||4||15||4||—|
|—||Did not compete|
|DNF||Did not finish|
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- Spencer Powlison (17 June 2015). "Thibaut Pinot climbs to Tour de Suisse stage 5 win, GC lead". VeloNews. Competitor Group, Inc. Retrieved 17 June 2015.
- "Tour de France: Pinot lands huge win for France on l'Alpe d'Huez". Cyclingnews.com. Immediate Media Company. 25 July 2015. Retrieved 25 July 2015.
- "Thibaut Pinot and Simon Gerrans abandon Tour de France". Bein Sports. 15 July 2016.
- "Thibaut Pinot abandonne le Tour de France avant le chrono". L'Équipe. 15 July 2016.
- "Thibaut Pinot forfait pour les JO". L'Équipe. 16 July 2016.
- "Thibaut Pinot calls time on 2016 season". www.cyclingnews.com. 2 Sep 2016.
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