The leader of the Groupama-FDJ team has perfectly passed the test of the first arrival at the summit of the Tour de France 2019. He can see far and advance "without igniting".
5e at the top of La Planche des Belles Daughters (6e Tour stage won by Belgian Dylan Teuns), 7e in the overall standings, Thibaut Pinot perfectly negotiated the first finish at the top of this Tour which was particularly close to his heart. Franc-Comtois, leader of the Groupama-FDJ team summarizes: "I am satisfied. I was a little afraid of not answering this because everyone was waiting for me. I'm happy with my day, the team did a big job. Even if there is no stage win, I'm happy. "
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"I know that the sensations are there, I showed it today"
And to describe what has guided him since the beginning of the Tour, the consistency: "You should not be mistaken goal, it should not ignite because it was the Board. I keep the goal in mind, not to be far from the podium. The Tour only starts, I do not catch fire. I know that the sensations are there, I showed it today, it's the main thing. It remains frozen (in the general classification), we knew that it would be played in the last wall, I did not turn around, I do my race. I am with the best, we continue. "
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Julien Pinot confirms: "We avoided traps. The first week is what scares the most leaders, the puncture at the wrong time or especially the fall. For the moment everything is going well, we had a good time that puts the whole team in a good dynamic, good confidence. He is serene, confident, he has more experience. If we compare with the Tours 2013, 2014 and 2015 where he was young, did not have this serenity, both Giro (4e in 2017, abandoned the day before the arrival in Rome) that he made in the fight for the win until the last weekend, it also brought him confidence and serenity and it is Also what makes this year it arrives on the confident Tour. He feels he has good legs … "
Marc Madiot, the team manager summarizes: "He is more than ever in the game. What you need is to be good for three weeks. A little better than the others … "
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