Marc Madiot: 'One in million chance' Thibaut Pinot will ride the Tour de France

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Thibaut Pinot of Groupama-FDJ crashed on stage 1 in Nice at 2020 Tour de France (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

Groupama-FDJ team manager Marc Madiot has admitted there is “a one in a million chance” that Thibaut Pinot will be at the start of the Tour de France due to the Frenchman’s ongoing back problems. 

Pinot injured his back in a crash during the opening stage of the 2020 Tour de France last October. He rode on in pain and finished the Grand Boucle but climbed off the Vuelta a España after two stages. He rode a number of early-season races including the recent Tour of the Alps, but emotionally scrapped plans to ride the Giro d’Italia due to back pain.   

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