Thibaut Pinot discussion thread

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Madiot is part of the problem.
Although the exposure from the 2012 video with Madiot losing his mind is probably worth at least half-a-dozen stage wins...I never get tired of watching that...then the Tourmalet this year...fabulous entertainment. Madiot absolutely adores, him, too, which can't be underestimated.
 
Bummer. Well, I hope he doesn't relax too much, because there is a Tour to win next season. And I'm convinced that if he times his form right (as he did this year), he will be at least as strong, if not stronger than his INEOS rivals, Dumoulin, Roglic and other contenders and pretenders.
 
Bummer. Well, I hope he doesn't relax too much, because there is a Tour to win next season. And I'm convinced that if he times his form right (as he did this year), he will be at least as strong, if not stronger than his INEOS rivals, Dumoulin, Roglic and other contenders and pretenders.
Laugh all you want mate, but everyone with two functioning eyes could see Pinot ride away from everyone this Tour. Not just that, he could sit with the best while riding with a sore leg caused by a cursed handlebar. He beat Bernal time and time again, except Galibier. I could also point out that Pinot destroyed Bernal, Roglic and Nibali in Lombardia, but I do recognize how immense that ride from Bernal was, and I understand if this would be a bit unfair to include in a head-to-head comparison. His 2018 Vuelta was inconsistent, some days hanging on with Yates, other days losing minutes, but he only had one stupid time loss because of bad positioning - and his strength uphill made up for it. If he hits his 2019 Tour form and consistency, I see him as prime candidate for the win along with Bernal.

Dumoulin and Froome are both unknowns; I am not entirely sure whether their respective injuries have cost them their winning edge (or in Froome's case, his post-bilharzia level) or not. Roglic is a very strong rider, but I'm not entirely convinced that he is going to be that alien-like machine, I get the impression that some think he will be, or already is. It's just a hunch, but perhaps I say that because of his age - even though he started cycling late, he hasn't got many shots to score, because of up and coming youngsters like Pogacar, Mas, Evenepoel and Sivakov. Carapaz is also quite young.

So yeah, for guys like Pinot, Roglic and Dumoulin: Clock's ticking. I guess I just have more faith in Pinot than the others, because he has shown that he could drop the supposedly strongest climber in the world and later Tour winner, Egan Bernal multiple times and in the Tour de France itself at that!
 
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Laugh all you want mate, but everyone with two functioning eyes could see Pinot ride away from everyone this Tour. Not just that, he could sit with the best while riding with a sore leg caused by a cursed handlebar. He beat Bernal time and time again, except Galibier. I could also point out that Pinot destroyed Bernal, Roglic and Nibali in Lombardia, but I do recognize how immense that ride from Bernal was, and I understand if this would be a bit unfair to include in a head-to-head comparison. His 2018 Vuelta was inconsistent, some days hanging on with Yates, other days losing minutes, but he only had one stupid time loss because of bad positioning - and his strength uphill made up for it. If he hits his 2019 Tour form and consistency, I see him as prime candidate for the win along with Bernal.

Dumoulin and Froome are both unknowns; I am not entirely sure whether their respective injuries have cost them their winning edge (or in Froome's case, his post-bilharzia level) or not. Roglic is a very strong rider, but I'm not entirely convinced that he is going to be that alien-like machine, I get the impression that some think he will be, or already is. It's just a hunch, but perhaps I say that because of his age - even though he started cycling late, he hasn't got many shots to score, because of up and coming youngsters like Pogacar, Mas, Evenepoel and Sivakov. Carapaz is also quite young.

So yeah, for guys like Pinot, Roglic and Dumoulin: Clock's ticking. I guess I just have more faith in Pinot than the others, because he has shown that he could drop the supposedly strongest climber in the world and later Tour winner, Egan Bernal multiple times and in the Tour de France itself at that!
Bernal, the strongest climber in the world?? Who said that? When he beats dumoulin or froome, we will talk. I agree with you, pinot was the best climber until his withdrawal, but let's be honest froome and dumouli are in a clear different league from the rest of the gt guys.
 
Bummer. Well, I hope he doesn't relax too much, because there is a Tour to win next season. And I'm convinced that if he times his form right (as he did this year), he will be at least as strong, if not stronger than his INEOS rivals, Dumoulin, Roglic and other contenders and pretenders.
No need to worry.

 
This is not good for Pinot. We don't need another rider putting all their eggs in the Tour de France.
I could be wrong but once again this seems to be more of a mental break than a physical one. It must be a strain for riders who have constant disappointment with their biggest goals. Either way I hope he can come back strong next season. The Tour needs such riders to counter the current Ineos domination of the race. I don't doubt that Pinot has the ability to win a grand tour but if it's going to happen it will have to happen soon, with the emergence of younger riders well under way. After all, Carapaz, Yates and Thomas have all won grand tours recently and now Roglic. Bernal also but he was tipped as a major talent from a young age. The worst thing about it from Pinot's point of view is that he was in rare form for July and he may not be able to repeat that form very often. Time will tell.
 
That might be why it broke him so much, having to quit. He knew this might have been the best chance he'll ever get, his golden opportunity, and he lost it...
I'll be looking forward to seeing him next year, and I hope he does well. Not necessarily winning, but just finishing without any sort of mishap.
 
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