Pinot injured his back in an accident during the first stage of the Tour de France 2020 last October. He rode in pain and completed the Grand Boucle but came down from Vuelta a España after two stages. He took part in a number of races at the start of the season, including the recent Tour des Alpes, but emotionally abandoned his plan to run the Giro d’Italia due to back pain.“I would suffer needlessly and I couldn’t help the team. It’s not even a question of form, but the pain in my back prevents me from performing well, ”said Pinot after the Tour des Alpes.
“I just think about healing myself, leaving those back problems behind, competing at my usual level and fighting with the best. “
The Tour de France kicks off on Saturday June 26, just over six weeks away, forcing Madiot to downplay expectations of Pinot picking up in time for the Tour de France.
Groupama-FDJ should have sprinter Arnaud Démare and young climber David Gaudu as team leaders.
“There’s a one in a million chance he’s at the start of the Tour,” said Madiot. Eurosport.fr.
“The most important thing is that he makes a full recovery. We are not going to pressure him, that would be a mistake.