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Tour de France 2014 : Thibaut Pinot vise le Top 10

Par Blandine Costentin, France Bleu Belfort-Montbéliard et France Bleu Besançon samedi 5 juillet 2014 à 6:00

Thibaut Pinot 2013
Thibaut Pinot 2013 © Maxppp

Comme en 2012, année de sa première participation au Tour, le jeune Franc-Comtois pédalera sur ses terres. Va-t-il renouveler son exploit d'il y a deux ans, quand il a remporté l'étape Belfort - Porrentruy ? Thibaut Pinot souhaite en tout cas effacer la déconvenue de la dernière édition, où il avait abandonné.

Thibaut Pinot entame ce samedi son troisième Tour de France . Après des débuts en fanfare en 2012 et un abandon l'an dernier, le Haut-Saônois affirme qu'il veut retrouver "son vrai niveau " : "rivaliser avec Froome ou Contador, peut-être un jour, mais pas trois semaines. Mais être dans le Top 10, ce serait super ".

Thibaut et le Tour

Le 8 juillet 2012, il remporte l'étape Belfort - Porrentruy en solitaire. C'est le jour de la Saint-Thibaut, en Franche-Comté. Le natif de Melisey, en Haute-Saône, a le sens du symbole et fait une entrée fracassante dans l'histoire du Tour de France. D'autant qu'il s'octroie une deuxième place à l'arrivée à La Toussuire dans les Alpes et se classe quatrième à Peyragurdes dans les Pyrénées. Pas de doute, c'est un grimpeur ! Au classement général final, il est dixième. Il est le plus jeune participant de cette édition 2012. 

Sur le Tour de France 2013 , c'est une tout autre musique : il perd du temps dans le premier contre-la-montre, puis se laisse distancer dans les Pyrénées. Victime d'une angine , il abandonne  au lendemain de la seconde journée de repos. 

Tour de France 2014 avant-sujet Pinot

Palmarès

Thibaut Pinot a été formé au CC Etupes et à l'Amicale cycliste bisontine. Dans son palmarès, on relève une 7e place au Tour d'Espagne 2013, une 4e au Tour de Suisse 2013 dont il a fini 15e cette année, une 10e place au Tour de Romandie 2014 dont il avait été meilleur grimpeur en 2010 et la victoire dans la Semaine Lombarde 2011. Il court avec FDJ.fr depuis 2010. Il n'a pas disputé les championnats de France 2014 à Poitiers, par précaution, à cause d'une bronchite contractée sur le Tour de Suisse.

Signe particulier

Le cyclisme est une affaire de famille : son père Régis pratique le cyclisme amateur et son frère Julien est l'un des entraîneurs de la FDJ. Régis Thibaut est le maire de la commune de Melisey, en Haute-Saône, traversée par le Tour 2012.

Tour de France 2012 : victoire de Thibaut Pinot à Porrentruy  - Maxppp
Tour de France 2012 : victoire de Thibaut Pinot à Porrentruy © Maxppp

> VOIR : nos cartes interactives- la 10e étape Mulhouse - La Planche-des-Belles-Filles- vivre la journée de repos à Besançon- la 11e étape Besançon - Oyonnax> LIRE : le portrait de l'autre Franc-Comtois du peloton, Arthur Vichot

 

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