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Pinot struggles in Spanish heat after early illness

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Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) celebrates his first white jersey for the Tour's best young rider

Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) celebrates his first white jersey for the Tour's best young rider
(Image credit: ASO/X.Bourgois)
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Italian Vincenzo Nibali was flanked by Frenchmen Jean-Christophe Peraud and Thibaut Pinot on the 2014 Tour de France podium.

Italian Vincenzo Nibali was flanked by Frenchmen Jean-Christophe Peraud and Thibaut Pinot on the 2014 Tour de France podium.
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Thibaut Pinot (FDJ.fr) pushes the pace

Thibaut Pinot (FDJ.fr) pushes the pace
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When Thibaut Pinot arrived at the FDJ.fr team bus in Córdoba on Tuesday afternoon, his summation of stage 4 of the Vuelta a España was a blunt one. It had been, he told one onlooker, the worst day of his life as a cyclist.