'I had so much back pain, I couldn't pedal' says Thibaut Pinot after disastrous end to Tour de France goal

French hope Thibaut Pinot is surrounded by his loyal Groupama-FDJ teammates during stage 8 of the 2020 Tour de France as his dreams of a high overall finish in Paris collapse
French hope Thibaut Pinot is surrounded by his loyal Groupama-FDJ teammates during stage 8 of the 2020 Tour de France as his dreams of a high overall finish in Paris collapse (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

France's hopes that Thibaut Pinot could up his GC game after last year's near-miss at the Tour de France were dealt a definitive, shattering blow on stage 8 on Saturday when the Groupama-FDJ leader lost over 25 minutes in a single high-mountain stage.

Pinot put the blame for his colossal defeat squarely on his back injury, caused by his big crash on stage 1 in Nice last weekend, when he came down in the final three kilometres.

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