ill, Thibaut Pinot hopes to ‘find sensations’

Thibaut Pinot, who finished 38th in the time trial during Sunday’s ninth stage of the Giro, admitted he was ill. The Frenchman hopes to use Monday’s rest day to better prepare for the rest of the Giro d’Italia.

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Thibaut Pinot during the third stage of the Giro, May 8, 2023. (LUCA BETTINI/AFP)

Sick, Thibaut Pinot crashed in the general classification of the Giro d’Italia after the time trial, Sunday May 14, and he’s hoping”rediscover feelings” in the coming days to “please on the second part of the GiroOnly 38th on Sunday, the French climber of the Groupama-FDJ team, victim of a cold, is now in 20th place in the general classification, five minutes and 33 seconds behind the pink jersey, Remco Evenepoel, before the first day on Monday rest.

I don’t even know my time, it’s not my first concern. I haven’t been in great shape for three days. I’m just glad I only put in 45 minutes of effort today and have a rest day tomorrow (Monday)”, indicated on arrival the one who is competing in his last Giro d’Italia.”I was fine for five days, then I got sick“, completed the Franc-Comtois.

The rider, who wore the blue best climber’s jersey for several stages, took a Covid-19 test which came back negative, his team said. Pinot, who is 32 for his last Giro before retiring at the end of the season, was aiming for a stage win and a place in the overall Top 5 at the start of the race.

In my bad luck I’m lucky it’s falling nowhe underlined. After the rest, there will be three days for sprinters or backpackers. It will be important for me to regain sensations and feel good from the mountain stages in order to be able to enjoy myself in the second part of the Giro.

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