Outpouring of love and tears as Pinot about to wrap up last Tour de France

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Outpouring of love and tears as Pinot about to wrap up last Tour de France

Thibaut Pinot, the Groupama-FDJ rider, will retire from professional cycling in October after the Giro di Lombardia. Despite coming close to winning the Tour de France, a race he never truly loved, Pinot will be content to spend his time in his vegetable garden with his goats. In 2018, he won the Monument classic Giro di Lombardia, and the following year, he was forced to withdraw from the Tour de France due to a thigh injury. In 2020, his hopes were dashed by a crash in the first stage. Pinot reflects on his career, acknowledging that 2018 and 2019 were the highlights, but wonders what could have been without the crash in 2020. The Tour de France has always been overwhelming for Pinot, who prefers the tranquility of his home where he can fish, tend to his vegetables, and care for his goats. He is mentally prepared to retire and no victory could change his mind. Despite not being the best rider, Pinot receives the most support from fans along the road. On Saturday, during the Tour de France, Pinot was cheered on by fans as he led the race in the Vosges mountains. The emotional moment left Pinot in tears as he saw familiar faces in the crowd. Pinot admits to being wild and shy, preferring the Italian races or the solitude of Switzerland. He enjoys the freedom of being alone in the mountains, which is lacking in the Tour de France. Although he may not have left a significant mark in the last decade of cycling, Pinot achieved notable finishes in various races. He is considered one of the last romantics of cycling, prioritizing his instinct and desire for freedom over his ambitions. Pinot won the hearts of French fans with his victories on iconic mountain stages. Marc Madiot, the team boss, praises Pinot as an exceptional rider who will leave a lasting impact on the sport.

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