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Pinot to skip Olympic Games due to viral infection

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Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) climbing during stage 8

Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) climbing during stage 8 (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) had a crash

Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) had a crash (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) with Rafa Majka (Tinkoff) forge ahead

Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) with Rafa Majka (Tinkoff) forge ahead (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) descending

Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) descending (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Thibaut Pinot (FDJ)

Thibaut Pinot (FDJ)

Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) will not compete in the Olympic Games held in Rio de Janeiro in August due to a viral infection caught while he was racing at the Tour de France.

This year the Frenchman won the overall title in the Criterium International, including two stages, as well as the French national time trial title. He was expected to have a strong showing at the Tour de France, but pulled out of the race citing a bout of bronchitis.

He had a poor showing in the mountain stages through the Pyrenees, compared to the other overall contenders, but he did spend some time in the mountain jersey. He eventually finished 28 minutes down on stage 12 to Mont Ventoux and then abandoned the race altogether.

Last week, Fédération Française de Cyclisme and national technical director Vincent Jacquet named the four riders that would represent France in the men's road events in Rio. Pinot was selected to compete along with Julian Alaphilippe (Etixx-QuickStep), Romain Bardet (AG2R-La Mondiale), Warren Barguil (Giant-Alpecin).

In a post on Twitter, FDJ announced on Saturday that Pinot had caught a viral infection and will not recover in time for the Olympic Games.

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Kirsten Frattini has been involved in bike racing from the grassroots level all the way to the World Cup. She is an honours graduate of Kinesiology and Health Science from York University in Toronto, Canada. Kirsten has worked in both print and digital publishing. She started with Cyclingnews as a North American Correspondent in 2006, and was responsible for reporting from the US and Canadian racing scene. Now as a Production Editor, she produces international race coverage for all cycling disciplines, edits global news and writes features.