Many cycling lovers have tears in their eyes this Thursday evening. Thibaut Pinot will end his professional career at the end of the season, he has announced in an interview at The Team. The Groupama-FDJ team climber32 years old and professional since 2010, will retire after the Tour of Lombardy at the end of October.
“The trigger point was my injury in 2021 [au dos, après une chute à Nice lors du Tour de France 2020], entrusted the 3rd of the Grande Boucle in 2014, winner of three stages in nine participations in the biggest race in the world (Porrentruy in 2012, Alpe d’Huez in 2015, Tourmalet in 2019). There, I realized that it was difficult, that I was getting old and several times I thought about quitting. If I go back a bit, I started thinking during confinement too. »
This timeless period caused by the covid in 2020, the native of Lure (Haute-Saône) experienced it as “an imposed vacation, without stress, without pressure, without running everywhere”, he indicated to the sports daily. And that had already made him want to look into the rest of his life, which he said he approached without too much fear.
Place for animals
“Cycling took me a third of my life and now I want to dedicate myself to my second passion, animals and nature. I’ve always wanted to create things from what nature gives us, from honey, to grow its fruits, its vegetables, to see what animals can give us. Make guest rooms. »
The winner of the Tour of Lombardy 2018 will aim for the general during the Giro (from May 6 to 28), but also wishes to compete in the Tour de France (from July 1 to 23), in the shoes of a teammate of David Gaudu. “For my last year, I want to go there, it would piss me off to miss it. ” U.S. too.