Pinot looks to turn his Tour around on Mont Ventoux

The old adage says that Tour de France success requires the head and the legs, and nowhere was that more apparent than on the opening mountain stage to Ax 3 Domaines last weekend, where Thibaut Pinot experienced a devastating fear of descending on the Col de Pailhères that day. With very few downhill kilometres preceding the Giant of Provence on stage 15, the Mont Ventoux could be just the place for the young FDJ rider to turn his fortunes around.

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Barry Ryan
Head of Features

Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation, published by Gill Books.