Pinot aims to win Tour de France-Vuelta while Démare faces the Giro d’italia


The sprinter Arnaud Démare will again be absent from the Tour de France, heading towards the Giro d’italia for the second consecutive season, while Thibaut Pinot will lead the team of Groupama-FDJ for the Tour de France and the Vuelta a España , announced on Tuesday that the team.Last season, Démare has won a stage of the Giro d’italia in Modena and fought with Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe) for the classification by points, missing to finally win the jersey cicliamentino by a slim 13 points.

The player 28-year-old is scheduled to resume its season following the judgment of the coronavirus in the Vuelta a Burgos (28 July-1 August) before travelling to Italy for the Milan-Turin (5 August) and Milan-San Remo (8 August).

He will then head to the north for the Tour of Wallonia (16-19 August) before facing France national championships, the Tour of Poitou-Charentes (27-30 August), the GP Fourmies (September 13), the Tour of Luxembourg (September 15 – 19) and Paris-Chauny (September 27). The latter straddles the road race of the UCI Road World Championships in Switzerland, a route may be too hilly for Démare.

Démare has started the season at the UAE Tour and had been maintained in quarantine at the hotel of the race to Abu Dhabi for 11 days before finally being released after having been tested negative for COVID-19. It has had a slight setback during the lock when he broke his wrist in a bicycle accident in mountain.

He should compete for the points classification and stage victories in the Giro d’italia when he will start on 3 October. RCS Sport has not yet announced the location of the Grande Partenzabut this will probably be a time trial in Palermo, more routes in Sicily replacing the three stages cancelled in Hungary.

Tour-Vuelta double for Pinot

Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

After having abandoned the Tour de France 2019 in tears while he was in fifth place in the general classification due to a thigh injury, Thibaut Pinot will come back as the leader of Groupama-FDJ for the Tour at its start in Nice on the 29th of August.

Pinot will resume its season on The Road Occitania (1-4 August) before facing the Critérium du Dauphiné (12-16 August) and the Championships of France.

The player of 30 years has been a good start to the season 2020 before the coronavirus does not stop all of the races, with a top 10 overall at the Tour of Provence, Tour of the Alps, and Paris-Nice.

The specialist against the clock, Stefan Küng, and the French Rudy Molard, Valentin Madouas and David Gaudu join Pinot on the list of Tour de France.

In 2019, Gaudu was a home key for Pinot and finished in 13th in the general classification. It will follow the same programme as the Pinot, except that it will participate in the Vuelta a Burgos, in the place of The Road of Occitania.

Gaudu and Pinot compete also in the Vuelta a España shortened, which will begin on 20 October in the basque Country.

Küng will begin his season with the swiss championships of against-the-shows, which will take place on the circuit of Global Eagle, before heading to Strade Bianche and Milan-San Remo. After the Dauphiné and the Tour de France, he will refocus on the Classics: Gent-Wevelgem, Scheldeprijs, Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix.


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