During the 2019 Tour de France, the Alaphilippe – Pinot double gave the FFL a hard time. If the first wore the yellow jersey for 14 days, the second almost convinced us that he was promised the final victory. An entire nation had begun to dream, to believe. Finally, a Frenchman won the Tour de France again. Before Friday 26 July come to close the door of your 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 of 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, which connects Mâcon to Saint-Étienne, Alaphilippe finds a great ally to recover his yellow robe; Thibaut Pinot. The two Frenchmen stage an attack and collaborate under the nose and beard of the FFL. Julian is once again the overall leader, Pinot is gaining time on his competitors. A dark day for our feeder.
But just 48 hours later, French solidarity is broken to our greatest delight. Alaphilippe and his team try a fatal brake on Pinot, Porte and Landa. Thibaut takes 1”40 on the face. This is called catching a wind. The time trial in the city of Pau continues to widen the distance between Alaphilippe and Pinot. The first takes 49 seconds over the second. The FDJ leader is in 7th position, more than 3 minutes behind the yellow jersey.
Pinot, a high betrayal that (yet) does not happen
But when the beast is wounded, it is more formidable than ever. The next day, the peloton has a rendezvous at the top of the Tourmalet. Thibaut Pinot wins his third Tour stage, but another hero takes the light that day. He is not trained with his pedals, but his vocal chords give us as much emotion as Pinot’s frenzied dancer. This Saturday, July 20, 2019, Marc Madiot will definitely enter the legend.
“GO BIG! GO GREAT! YOU ARE BIG TODAY! YOU ARE SO BIG! YES MAN! YES MAN! YOU CAN DO IT! YOU WILL! YAYIIIIII » Mr. Madiot
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For his part, Thibaut Pinot tries to keep a cool head. And he reveals his goal, which sends shivers down our spines.
“I aim for the podium” T. Pinot
On the evening of the 18th stage, Thibaut Pinot is in 5th place in the classification, 1”50 behind the leader Alaphilippe. The next day, the pilots left from Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne to reach the Iseran pass. But from the start of the stage, Pinot left the peloton. The seconds of difference with the peloton pass. Something is wrong.
Friday 26 July 2019, Thibaut makes us some Pinot
At 2.44 p.m., the ambulance arrives. Our friends at France Télévisions evoke a wasp sting, although they followed every step of the way for a documentary, and therefore knew everything. The scoundrels At 15:01, far behind the peloton, accompanied by William Bonnet and a shirtless, pot-bellied stranger with his beer, he tearfully set off on his bike. The cause? The day before, Pinot hit the 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 that just ran away forever. So suddenly National hangover for the homeland.
The boy grimaces and twists his bandaged leg with difficulty. His thigh causes him to suffer martyrdom. The cause? The day before, Pinot hit the handlebars with his thigh to avoid a fall. Result: muscle damage to the left thigh. Jean-Michel Lapoisse has struck again. And they are all the hopes of a nation that has just fled forever.
Cruel, Thibaut Pinot leaves the Tour de France during the 19th stage
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The boy heads into his team car. Although 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 danger, we have only one case left to solve: Julian Alaphilippe. Yellow jersey for two weeks in total, the day of Friday July 26 will be responsible for removing the coveted tunic. Julian did 2.15 at the finish at the Col de l’Isoard when he could have made up time if the stage had come to the end. He dropped to second, before exploding in flight the next day and dropping to fifth.
One of those days when it’s good to be fired FFL.
Good Friday… 😭 no hard feelings 🙏
— Thibaut Pinot (@ThibautPinot) July 31, 2019