During the 4th stage of Tour of the Alps, Thibaut Pinot took the morning break with the aim of finally winning the victory he has been waiting for 1006 days. Stronger than his rivals in the most difficult percentages, the Frenchman of the Groupama-FDJ managed to extricate himself from the breakaway in the first kilometers of the final ascent, but he was caught in the red flame by Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana Qazaqstan Team), just out of the group of favorites and who left him no chance. Having glimpsed this victory that he has been waiting for for almost 3 years, Thibaut Pinot was inconsolable at the microphone of The Channel The Team immediately after arrival.
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“It sucks because it would have done me good (…) I could have turned this shitty page and moved on”
— the chain L’Équipe (@lachainelequipe) April 21, 2022
Thibaut Pinot:It would have done me good to turn this shitty page”
“It sucks… it sucks because it would have done me good. The last ten kilometers I was thinking about the last two years that I spent. There, I’m far from being at my level because normally, at my level, nobody catches up with me and that’s what’s frustrating. I wish it could smile one day, but I’ll be patient. It’s another opportunity to miss, we know that among the pros there are not many. We’ll see tomorrow and then next week (Tour of Romandieeditor’s note) but it would have done me good to win today, turn this shitty page and move on. There are necessarily positives, but tonight there is above all the disappointment of coming so close to victory. The stage was difficult, I left a lot of cartridges to take the breakaway. Yesterday, I narrowly missed the good breakaway, and I was very frustrated. I was feeling revengeful this morning. The agreement was complicated at the front which explains why we arrive with so little lead at the foot of the last pass. Being alone in the lead, in the mountains, feels good! On the other hand, I can assure you that the last ten kilometers were very very long! I thought back to the last two years, that’s what gave me strength to go beyond the pain. Finally I miss 800m, it was played on details. I know that many people follow me and like me, they are waiting for my next victory. It will be a relief to raise your arms again. I train to win and I will need a victory to turn the page.”
Thibaut Pinot did not go far from enjoying the joys of victory again… Caught up in the last few hundred meters, the Frenchman had to bow to Miguel Angel Lopez.
— Eurosport France (@Eurosport_FR) April 21, 2022