Cycling: Thibaut Pinot will retire

Cycling: Thibaut Pinot will retire

Thibaut Pinot, aged 32, announced on Thursday January 12 that he would retire next October at the end of the Tour of Lombardy, which he won in 2018.

He goes for one last lap. When he turns 33 next May, Thibaut Pinot announced on Thursday that he would retire from professional cycling at the end of the season. “It’s a decision I’ve weighed carefully over the years. I’m excited for the new things to discover after my career, but I’m just as excited to be racing last year. I was rarely before a season so motivated and wanting to finish in style. I’m doing and will continue to do everything I can to achieve the best possible results,” said the French climber.

A stage winner in the three Grand Tours (6 stage wins in total), the Groupama FDJ rider will be looking to improve on his record a little before hanging up his bike. He will compete in the Tour of Italy in early May (6-28), which will be the ‘main goal’ of his season and is hoping to finish 10the and final Tour de France next summer (July 1-23).

A grande boucle on which he experienced joys, particularly with his podium and the white jersey of best young man in 2014, but also a lot of suffering, symbolized by his demise in 2019 due to a left thigh injury while he was in the fight for the yellow jersey.

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Recurring physical disorders

It is also the recurring physical disorders in recent years that have prompted him to say stop. “The triggering point was my injury in 2021 (after his crash in Nice at the 2020 Tour de France). That’s when I realized that it’s difficult, that I’m getting old and I’ve thought about retiring several times,” he explained to the team.

And as a symbol, Thibaut Pinot will be cycling for the last time at the end of October in the Tour of Lombardy, where he clinched the biggest win of his career in 2018.