As he completes his last season on the World Tour before retiring, Thibaut Pinot could be deprived of the Tour de France by his manager, Marc Madiot. The latter said he was in full reflection.
The finish line is almost there for Thibaut Pinot. As he announced at the start of the year, the Groupama-FDJ rider will end his career as a professional cyclist at the end of the current season. While waiting to reach this deadline, the Habs have decided to have fun and try to shine in the last races in which they will participate. This is for example what he tried to do on Saturday on the roads of the Tour of Italy, for the moment without success. As for the Tour de France which arrives next July, Thibaut Pinot could face terrible disappointment.
Present on Sunday in the program ” The Big Mouths of Sport » aired on RMC, Marc Madiot mentioned the subject. The manager of Groupama-FDJ said he was in full reflection on the subject. If he does not close any door to his rider, he still admits to asking questions about the interest for the team to position a man who is about to stop. ” I can very well put it on or not put it on, actually. Yes, I will assume until the end. “Words that could make Thibaut Pinot cringe when they reach his ears.
“I have one goal: to make the best team possible”
And if he hopes that his manager will decide according to the emotional aspect of the thing, with a final participation in front of a French public ready to encourage him on the Tour, Thibaut Pinot can forget immediately. ” If there is one thing that I will not take into consideration, it is this, assured Marc Madiot. I have one goal: to make the best possible team with the best possible riders. If Pinot or Demare or someone else are among those riders who could be extremely effective for the team, then they will be at the start of the Tour de France. The frame is set, instructs Thibaut Pinot to do everything to be in the photo.