Groupama-FDJ coach Julien Pinot: This season will be intense

With team coach and older brother Julien Pinot’s help, Groupama-FDJ’s Thibaut Pinot rode strongly at the 2019 Tour de France, but was forced out of the race with an untimely thigh injury while in fifth place overall
With team coach and older brother Julien Pinot’s help, Groupama-FDJ’s Thibaut Pinot rode strongly at the 2019 Tour de France, but was forced out of the race with an untimely thigh injury while in fifth place overall (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

With WorldTour competition set to resume with Strade Bianche on August 1, teams, riders and their coaches are now deep into the preparation that they hope will see the riders perform at their best for what will be a relatively short, intense second half of the season, with most of the sport's biggest events crammed into a period of just three months. Groupama-FDJ coach Julien Pinot – team leader Thibaut Pinot's older brother – has given his view of what he thinks it will take to succeed.

For the older Pinot, the build-up now requires an outlook similar to the start of a normal season, before the coronavirus pandemic halted the 2020 season in March.

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