Thibaut Pinot struck in face in feed zone collision with Trek-Segafredo soigneur

LAUSANNE SWITZERLAND JULY 09 Thibaut Pinot of France and Team Groupama FDJ after being involved in a crash during the 109th Tour de France 2022 Stage 8 a 1863km stage from Dole to Lausanne Cte du Stade olympique 602m TDF2022 WorldTour on July 09 2022 in Lausanne Switzerland Photo by Alex BroadwayGetty Images
Thibaut Pinot moments after being struck in the face, following a crash minutes before (Image credit: Alex Broadway/Getty Images)

A Trek-Segafredo soigneur handing a musette to a team rider was in the path of FDJ-Groupama’s Thibaut Pinot and consequently struck the former third-place Tour de France finisher in the face.

Pinot suffered a run of bad luck in today’s stage 8, as he came off his bike with little over 40km remaining. He had not long remounted before he ran into trouble in the feed zone and was struck in the face - being so visibly shaken that he took a moment to embrace a nearby EF Education-EasyPost communications director Matthew Beaudin.

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