He descended well with Alaphilippe in last year's Tour chasing DeGendt which was no small feat. He looked good at Dauphine considering he'll have time to round up form. He should be an animator in the 3rd week if his team holds together...And that's one of his strengths; he seems to have a willingness to work with his issues. He had an issue - which he admitted was a sort of phobia - and found a way to get past that. No, he'll never be Nibali in descending, but does he have to be?
I think his girlfriend is behind the account, but it still gives a lot of insight into his life on the farm.And that really just shows what a dork he is.
Come on! Who makes an Instagram page for a goat? The answer is clearly; he does!
I am not saying he is going to win the Tour now but I think in terms of pressure and so on this was actually the better outcome.My disappointment is monumental.
There's no need to dream of the Tour de France if he's not capable of winning a single big stage race.
There is one now actually! With the text "Happy monday" - perhaps he hasn't tormented himself over yesterday's defeatI think his girlfriend is behind the account, but it still gives a lot of insight into his life on the farm.
On his official account he rarely posts so you need to keep an eye on his stories to find the animal pictures.
The fight back was very important I think mentally. When riders started going up the road he looked really down and I thought it was gonna be another day when he just collapses but the fight back gave me some hope for the TdF. Also seeing that little French battalion power up the road was the most I have smiled in a whileAt least he used the frustration to try and fight back.
Also, and maybe I'm just being desparate here, but the fact of the matter is that he didn't have the guy who's proven to be his most important helper in recent years, namely Gaudu.
You raise a good point. In other years (like in 2013 Tour), he would have gone backwards and ride himself out of contention. Last year when he lost time in the crosswinds, he joined Alaphilippe in a succesful raid, and afterwards said that he "rode on rage". Nevermind his inevitable DNF following that freak injury, I think he gained self-confidence in know that he, despite mishaps, could claw himself back into contention. I get really tired of people saying he has a weak mentality and which somehow causes him injuries. That couldn't be further from the truth - he is one of the mentally strongest in the peloton; after every failure, he has endured, he came back stronger. With that said, I still don't think he will win the Tour - Roglic will be too strong, and Dumoulin's form is soaring. But if he could at least podium in a "not heartbreaking" way (like losing yellow on the last TT or being at +8'' at Champs Elysees), I for one, can finally be at peace with the tragedy of last year.The fight back was very important I think mentally. When riders started going up the road he looked really down and I thought it was gonna be another day when he just collapses but the fight back gave me some hope for the TdF. Also seeing that little French battalion power up the road was the most I have smiled in a while
The weight of the French hopes can be a heavy burden on be back.Groupama-FDJ declares that Pinot will take a rest period and as a consequence he will skip the French nats "due to back pain following his crash on Saturday's Dauphine stage"
I really hope Ala goes. I bet he would go all out with the Tricolours if he had the French NC kit.Yes, does not make much sense for him. Anyway, who is going to do the French NCs? I looked at the profile yesterday and it looked like the Dauphiné... only instead of 1200 meters it was 120 meters... Well, at least it's not on a Formula 1 course.
According to DQS' social media he is. And they - DQ - always make awesome NC jerseys. Beaten only by those of the FDJ team.I really hope Ala goes. I bet he would go all out with the Tricolours if he had the French NC kit.