Tour de Suisse – Thibaut Pinot captures the light again: “I wanted this victory”

Suffering once again rhymes with pleasure for Thibaut Pinot. Slumped on his machine, the pedal stroke choppy, in his characteristic style during the justice of the peace of the 7th stage of the Tour de Suisse, the Franc-Comtois scoured Ion Izagirre (Cofidis), left as a postman on the slopes of Malbun ( 12.6 km at 8.7%), and the rest of the breakaways to afford a second success this season, the first in almost four years on a World Tour event. This time, the return to the highest level is taking shape.

It’s a great victory for me, I wanted ita savored the winner of the day after the finish. It’s been a difficult start to the week for me and finishing with the best yesterday showed me that the form was good. Today the objective was to take the breakaway. I knew that by being in front, if I had good legs, there was a way to win” Indeed, after a discreet start, Pinot reappeared alongside favorites yesterday (Friday), between Locarno and Moosalp, the harbinger of a form that is going crescendo.

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A perfect tactic

Accompanied by thirteen breakaway companions at the foot of the final ascent of the day, Pinot first hinted at some flaws, unable to plug the hole left by Fausto Masnada between a trio (Lutsenko, Izagirre, Van Wilder) and the rest fugitives. A gap that grew to reach 40 seconds, but that did not worry the Habs too much.

There was no panic, but we still doubt a little askedhe confessed to our microphone. After I knew saw the foot of the bump which was very fast that it (Izagirre) was surely going to pay for it at the end of the climb which we knew was very very steep“.

Pinot then took charge in person of returning to the attackers. A management of the effort which recalls the first victory of the climber on the Swiss event, won at the top of the demanding climb of Sölden: “It was control, although you can never be sure. I made my climb and my tactic was good“. Evidence that the sensations before injuries suffered.

Not a problem to put yourself at the service of Gaudu

On a symbolic level, the success of the day is of particular importance for the native of Lure: “This victory means a lothe is moved on arrival. For me, the Tour de Suisse remains one of the most beautiful races of the season. Italy and Switzerland have always been special places for me. So winning here after Sölden a few years ago (2015) is confirmation of all the work that has been done since the start of the season.“.

And this time there is no question of sacrificing adrenaline and the emotions aroused by stage victories on the altar of consistency in the overall standings. Thibaut Pinot has suffered too much in recent years to get married behind the train of INEOS Grenadiers or Jumbo-Visma. The peak charmer still has a few peaks to tame, and intends to be enterprising on the next Grande Boucle which he will now approach inflated with confidence.

It’s very good for the Tour de Franceabounded the triple stage winner on the July meeting. It now allows you to be serene until the start. Inevitably, the expectations will be high, but I have confidence in myself. I will rest well. My goal with the team on the Tour will be to be close to the podium with the designated leader and to win stages. It will not be a problem to put yourself at the service of David Gaudu. Afterwards, we have not yet defined the precise roles, we will do that at the start of the Tour. But it is important to arrive confident at the start of the Tour“. A Grande Boucle stamped with the seal of rebirth.

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