Thibaut Pinot's Tour de France hopes crushed on the Port de Balès

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(Image credit: Bettini Photo)

Thibaut Pinot's (Groupama-FDJ) saw his dream of winning the 2020 Tour de France evaporate with over 40km to go on stage 8 when the Frenchman was dropped on the second climb of the day, the Port de Balès. 

The Frenchman came into the first day in the Pyrenees in ninth overall, just 13 seconds off the race lead of Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) but would eventually finish over 25 minutes down.

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Daniel Benson

Daniel Benson was the Editor in Chief at between 2008 and 2022. Based in the UK, he joined the Cyclingnews team in 2008 as the site's first UK-based Managing Editor. In that time, he reported on over a dozen editions of the Tour de France, several World Championships, the Tour Down Under, Spring Classics, and the London 2012 Olympic Games. With the help of the excellent editorial team, he ran the coverage on Cyclingnews and has interviewed leading figures in the sport including UCI Presidents and Tour de France winners.