'He's a bit like the Rolling Stones' - Madiot on Pinot's farewell Tour de France

Thibaut Pinot on the podium at the Giro d'Italia
Thibaut Pinot on the podium at the Giro d'Italia (Image credit: Getty)

Marc Madiot has insisted that sentiment wasn’t a factor in his decision to select Thibaut Pinot for the Tour de France in his final season as a professional. The Groupama-FDJ manager announced the first five names of Tour line-up on Tuesday, when he also confirmed that sprinter Arnaud Démare would not make the final cut.

"If Thibaut is coming, it's because he's physically competitive. Not because it's his last year," Madiot told Ouest-France, adding that Pinot's immense popularity in his home country had not been a consideration.

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Barry Ryan
Head of Features

Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation, published by Gill Books.