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Pinot and Martin speak out against Nadal’s injections

Pinot and Martin speak out against Nadal's injections

(Image credit: Dario Belingheri/Getty Images) In the aftermath of Rafael Nadal’s historic victory at Roland Garros, two leading French riders have spoken out to express…

Tuesday, Jun 07

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(Image credit: Dario Belingheri/Getty Images)

In the aftermath of Rafael Nadal’s historic victory at Roland Garros, two leading French riders have spoken out to express unease at the injections the Spanish tennis star used to treat his injured foot throughout the tournament.

Nadal claimed a record-extending 14th Roland Garros crown and 22nd Grand Slam title on Sunday, revealing afterwards that treatment for an ongoing foot problem had included injections to shut down certain nerves and put his foot, as he described it, "to sleep".

Thibaut Pinot took to social media to offer a sardonic take on the matter. Quoting a tweet in which Nadal said "it’s better if you don’t know" how many injections he’d received during the tournament, Pinot wrote: “The heroes of today…” along with two emojis – the first a thinking face, the second a melting face.

The Groupama-FDJ rider did not elaborate on his comments but did later re-tweet comments from investigative journalist Clémence Lacour, which, while not necessarily an endorsement, are perhaps illustrative of his stance.

“His [Pinot’s] tweet speaks ironically of ‘the heroes of today’," wrote Lacour. "These heroes who choose performance at the expense of their bodies and at the cost of physical problems so bad they must put them to sleep. Is this the model we want for ourselves and our children?”

Pinot and his team are members of the Movement for Credible Cycling (MPCC), which adheres to voluntary regulations above and beyond the UCI’s anti-doping regulations.He has spoken out about ethical concerns in the […]

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