Pinot, Gaudu, Storer to lead Groupama-FDJ at Tour de France

David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ) helps Thibaut Pinot on the final ascent
David Gaudu and Thibaut Pinot (Image credit: Getty Images)

Thibaut Pinot will return to the Tour de France this year, leading the line for Groupama-FDJ alongside his understudy David Gaudu, as the team sends sprinter Arnaud Démare to the Giro d’Italia. 

The French team held a press event on Tuesday to launch their 2022 season, with team manager Marc Madiot underlining the importance of the three Grand Tours after what he termed ‘failures’ in 2021. 

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Patrick Fletcher

Patrick is an NCTJ-trained journalist, and former deputy editor of Cyclingnews, who has seven years’ experience covering professional cycling. He has a modern languages degree from Durham University and has been able to put it to some use in what is a multi-lingual sport, with a particular focus on French and Spanish-speaking riders. Away from cycling, Patrick spends most of his time playing or watching other forms of sport - football, tennis, trail running, darts, to name a few, but he draws the line at rugby.