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Heartbreak for Pinot after Tour of Alps defeat

Heartbreak for Pinot after Tour of Alps defeat

Thibaut Pinot was left heartbroken, close to tears and bitterly disappointed after being caught and dropped by Miguel Angel Lopez in the final kilometre of…

Thursday, Apr 21

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Thibaut Pinot was left heartbroken, close to tears and bitterly disappointed after being caught and dropped by Miguel Angel Lopez in the final kilometre of the Kals am Grossglockner mountain finish at the Tour of the Alps.

Pinot has not won a race since conquering the Col du Tourmalet at the 2019 Tour de France. He was forced out of that year’s race on stage 19 after a muscle problem and then his crash in the 2020 race and subsequent back pain wrecked much of his 2021 season.

Pinot seemed set to turn that record around and sweep away thoughts of all his difficulties with a solo attack from the day’s breakaway on the 12km Kals am Grossglockner. His move looked sure to end in victory but Lopez caught him and attacked him in the final kilometre, plunging the Frenchman into despair.

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Beyond the finish line, Pinot held onto the barriers trying to catch his breath and overcome the disappointment of defeat. He then slumped to the floor and sat in silence for several minutes, struggling to hold back his emotions.

The first question about his defeat saw him turn away in tears.

"It pisses me off," he said angrily after walking away in desperation before returning to the microphones and cameras."It pisses me off because […]

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