Pinot buoyed by Etoile de Besseges TT performance

It is a measure of Thibaut Pinot’s growing confidence as a time triallist that the FDJ leader admitted to a slight degree of disappointment after he finished second behind French TT champion Jérôme Coppel (IAM Cycling) in the 11.9-kilometre time trial that decided the Etoile de Bessèges. Finishing runner-up on the day moved Pinot up to third in the general classification, behind overall winner Coppel and Tony Gallopin (Lotto-Soudal).

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Peter Cossins has written about professional cycling since 1993 and is a contributing editor to Procycling. He is the author of The Monuments: The Grit and the Glory of Cycling's Greatest One-Day Races (Bloomsbury, March 2014) and has translated Christophe Bassons' autobiography, A Clean Break (Bloomsbury, July 2014).