Pinot: I was convinced I was going to win the Tour de France

It was hard to watch but impossible to take your eyes off. Thibaut Pinot's exit from the Tour de France during stage 19 on Friday was sport at its cruellest, but also its most visceral. The Frenchman had soared in the Pyrenees last weekend and cried tears of joy. In the Alps, he collapsed and cried tears of distress. The two extremes of emotion, and the inextricable link between them, are why we keep tuning in.

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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.