Pinot takes pleasure in 100-kilometre Vuelta a Espana attack

05 September 2018 06:35
A fiery long-distance attack by Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) that briefly threatened to blow the Vuelta a España apart finally neither netted the Frenchman a stage win or much of an advance in the overall standings, but Pinot was happy with the final result nonetheless. "A crazy stage. I tried everything I could. It didn't work out but at least I tried," Pinot said as he wheeled to a halt just a few metres after the finish, looking tired but by no means exhausted after nearly 100 kilometres off the front. Pinot's move alongside 19 other riders, including teammate Léo Vincent, gained a maximum of four minutes, making the Frenchman 'virtual' race leader by around 90 seconds.ADVERTISEMENT Although the move shattered in the closing kilometres and Pinot finished 10th, just 12 seconds ahead of the peloton of favourites, he seemed more than content with the outcome. Indeed throughout the day, Pinot seemed to be constantly on the go - be it moving off the front, dragging the rest of the break back up to any other attackers or setting a high pace with his teammate Vincent. Following a start to the Vuelta where he has rarely featured, this felt like Pinot was flexing his muscles in a way which - given he only really subsided in the final kilometres - will surely have unsettled the main GC contenders. If this was Pinot merely testing the water, what would an all-out attack be like? You can read more at Cyclingnews.com . read full article

Source: Cycling News