Thibaut Pinot: It was the right year to return to the Giro d'Italia

AIXENPROVENCE FRANCE FEBRUARY 16 Thibaut Pinot of France Team Groupama FDJ during the 5th Tour de La Provence 2020 Stage 4 a 1705km stage from Avignon to AixEnProvence TDLP letourdelaprovence TDLP2020 on February 16 2020 in AixEnProvence France Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images
Thibaut Pinot of Groupama-FDJ will make the Giro d'Italia his 2021 Grand Tour focus (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

More often than not, team presentations are routine, even banal affairs, but Groupama-FDJ’s online event on Tuesday afternoon was enlivened by manager Marc Madiot’s ardent monologue in support of Thibaut Pinot, who had just confirmed that he would skip the Tour de France in 2021 in favour of the Giro d’Italia.

“Pinot is anything but what they say about him,” Madiot said. His voice rising: “Anything but what they say about him.”

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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.