Author of a very reassuring recovery last week on the Tour du Limousin – Périgord – Nouvelle-Aquitaine, Thibaut Pinot will again compete in a French stage race this week, the Tour Poitou-Charentes in New Aquitaine. The Franc-Comtois of Groupama-FDJ will have Bruno Armirail, William Bonnet, Alexys Brunel, Mickaël Delage, Clément Davy and Paul Penhoët at his side, the latter from La Conti Groupama-FDJ for the occasion. Very motivated and impatient to continue, Thibaut Pinot hopes in particular to achieve a good time trial Thursday afternoon.
“I feel pretty good physically despite the little training I have in my legs. My week in Limousin has been positive. There is still work to be done, but it will do me good for the future. no back pain, so it’s a good sign. I have recovered well from the Tour du Limousin, I need to accumulate the kilometers. The fact of continuing with the Tour Poitou-Charentes is perfect for me. happy to come here. This will be my second participation, the first was in 2010, that dates! I continue my preparation for the end of the season. There is a very good time trial that interests me, I rather I worked well. I’m going to test myself on this time, it will be revealing of my state of form. We have a team with experienced riders and young people. We have several cards to play: the general and the sprint. We are ambitious “, the 31-year-old runner said in a press release.
If Thibaut Pinot will have ambitions on the clock, this will also be the case for Bruno Armirail, whose potential in this exercise is well established. “The Tour Poitou-Charentes is my second recovery race after the Polynormande. This race has been in the back of my mind for a little while, especially the time trial”, explains the 2021 vice-champion of France in the stopwatch. “We will not have to take curbs and be vigilant to be able to arrive in good conditions on the clock. I hope to be able to perform at the height of that of Saint-Emilion on the Tour de France (he took 12th place Alexys Brunel, Thibaut Pinot and I have ambitions for this time trial. I have done few races alongside Thibaut, it makes me happy to be with him. He is doing well and seems very motivated so I can’t wait to do battle! “
“It’s a race that often happens in a sprint, although there may sometimes be surprises,” said Sébastien Joly, who will lead Groupama-FDJ on the Tour Poitou-Charentes. “We will have good cards on the clock with Bruno Armirail, Alexys Brunel and Thibaut Pinot. This time is very important for the general classification. The duo William Bonnet and Thibaut Pinot will reform to the delight of the two riders, that makes They haven’t run together for a long time. For the sprint, we will have Paul Penhoët. He has shown good qualities this year. We will have Mickaël Delage and Clément Davy to protect Paul. “experience. Thibaut Pinot leaves Limousin and will find flatter stages and wider roads. He will be able to continue to resume his automatisms”, concludes the former professional rider.
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