French Pinot can’t wait to get back on the road with Tour in mind

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FILE PHOTO: Cycling – Tour de France – The individual time trial stage 13 of 27.5 km from Pau to Pau – July 19, 2019 – Groupama-FDJ driver Thibaut Pinot from France finishes. / Photo taken on July 10, 2018 / REUTERS / Gonzalo Fuentes

PARIS (Reuters) – Frenchman Thibaut Pinot cannot wait to be allowed to train again on the road as part of his preparation for the Tour de France after the postponement of the race in the middle of the COVID pandemic -19.

The Frenchman, third overall in 2014 and who was one of the best contenders when he retired injured two days before arrival last year, is tired of working on his trainer.

“The home trainer is not my thing, it has nothing to do with the feeling you usually have on the bike,” Pinot, housebound since March 17, said on the website on Sunday. of his Groupama-FDJ team.

“I always do it to say that I’m training but it’s not really part of my preparations. Virtual platforms have been fun for a few weeks, but I’m getting over it. “

Pinot believes, however, that the new dates of the Tour de France, from August 29 to September 20, will suit him.

“Even if there can be hot days, it has nothing to do with July, which I like. This is a disadvantage that I will not have to face, “said the 29-year-old, who does better in cold weather than in hot weather.

No elite race being authorized before August 1, Pinot does not know in what condition he will start the Tour.

“No one can say if they will be 100% on the Tour,” he said.

Report by Julien Pretot; Editing by Christian Radnedge

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