During the Tour de France 2019, the Alaphilippe – Pinot doublet gave the FFL a hard time. If the first wore the yellow jersey for 14 days, the second almost convinced us that the final victory was promised to him. A whole nation had begun to dream, to believe in it. Finally, a Frenchman was going to win the Tour de France again. Before Friday, July 26 comes to close the door of their dreams.
A chaotic start to the Tour for the FFL
The big man at the start of the Tour is not Thibaut Pinot, but another Frenchman; Julian Alaphilippe. Yellow jersey from the 3rd stage, the native of Saint-Amand-Montrond lost it at the top of La Planche des Belles Filles at the expense of Giulio Ciccone. But during the 8th stage, linking Mâcon to Saint-Étienne, Alaphilippe finds a major ally to recover his yellow tunic; Thibaut Pinot. The two Frenchmen place an attack and collaborate under the nose and beard of the FFL. Julian becomes overall leader again, Pinot gains time on his competitors. A dark day for our fed.
But only 48 hours later, French solidarity is shattered for our greatest pleasure. Alaphilippe and his team attempt a fatal curb to Pinot, Porte and Landa. Thibaut takes 1”40 in the face. This is called taking a wind. The time trial in the city of Pau continues to widen the gap between Alaphilippe and Pinot. The first takes 49 seconds over the second. The leader of the FDJ is in 7th place, more than 3 minutes from the yellow jersey.
Pinot, a high treason that (still) does not pass
But when the beast is wounded, it is more formidable than ever. The next day, the peloton has an appointment at the top of the Tourmalet. Thibaut Pinot wins his third stage on the Tour, but another hero takes the light that day. He is not trained on his pedals, but his vocal cords give us as many emotions as the frenzied dancer of Pinot. This Saturday, July 20, 2019, Marc Madiot definitely enters the legend.
“GO BIG! GO BIG! YOU ARE GREAT TODAY! YOU ARE VERY GREAT! YEAH MAN! YEAH MAN! YOU CAN DO IT ! YOU WILL DO IT! YAYIIIIII » Mr. Madiot
An analysis of the finest tactically.
For his part, Thibaut Pinot tries to keep a cool head. And reveals its objective, which sends shivers down our spines.
“I’m aiming for the podium” T. Pinot
On the evening of the 18th stage, Thibaut Pinot occupies 5th place in the classification, 1”50 from the leader Alaphilippe. The next day, the riders set off from Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne to reach the Col de l’Iseran. But from the start of the stage, Pinot dropped out of the peloton. The seconds of difference with the peloton pass. Something is wrong.
Friday, July 26, 2019, Thibaut makes us some Pinot
At 2:44 p.m., the medical car approaches him. Our friends from France Télévisions evoke a wasp sting, even though they followed each of his steps for a documentary, and therefore knew everything. The rascals. At 3:01 p.m., far behind the peloton, accompanied by William Bonnet and a shirtless, pot-bellied stranger with his beer, he left in tears on his bike. The cause ? The day before, Pinot hit his handlebars with his thigh to avoid a fall. Result: muscle damage to the left thigh. bad luck has struck again. And these are all the hopes of the tricolor who have just flown away forever. Like that, all of a sudden. National hangover for the homeland.
The boy winces, and twists his bandaged leg with difficulty. His thigh makes him suffer martyrdom. The cause ? The day before, Pinot hit his handlebars with his thigh to avoid a fall. Result: muscle damage to the left thigh. Jean-Michel Lapoisse has struck again. And it is all the hopes of a nation which have just flown away forever.
Cruel, Thibaut Pinot abandons the Tour de France during the 19th stage
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The guy goes headlong into his team’s car. Even though he was still aiming for the final victory, at least the podium. And to think that some dare to say that cycling is a boring sport. After putting Thibaut Pinot out of harm’s way, we only have one case left to settle: Julian Alaphilippe. Yellow jersey for two weeks in total, the day of Friday, July 26 will take care of removing his coveted tunic. Julian took 2”15 on arrival at the Col de l’Isoard when he might have been able to make up time if the stage had gone to the end. It demoted to second position, before exploding in flight the following day and dropping to fifth position.
One of those days when it’s good to be fired FFL.
Good Friday… 😭 no hard feelings 🙏
— Thibaut PINOT (@ThibautPinot) July 31, 2019