Molard to lead combative Groupama-FDJ at Giro d’Italia in absence of Pinot

GOURDON FRANCE FEBRUARY 19 Rudy Molard of France and Team Groupama FDJ during the 53rd Tour Des Alpes Maritimes Et Du Var Stage 1 a 1868km stage from Biot to Gourdon 698m Car Staff letour0683 on February 19 2021 in Gourdon France Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images
Rudy Molard (Groupama-FDJ) at the Tour du Var, where he finished fourth overall (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Groupama-FDJ will be aiming for the breaks and stage victories at this year’s Giro d’Italia, given Thibaut Pinot’s absence, but will still have an eye on the overall classification with Frenchman Rudy Molard stepping up to Grand Tour leadership for the first time. 

The ongoing pain caused by a back injury sustained in a crash at the 2020 Tour de France lead Pinot to reluctantly set aside his plans to race for the maglia rosa this year, a decision announced after he struggled through the Tour of the Alps and, finished 60th.

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