Thibault Pinot: Spinning Upwards

Thibault Pinot has the problem when it comes to conquering his fear of high speeds which affects the ability to descend.

It stems back to a serious crash when Pinot was 12.

So, step in former race car driver Max Mamers, the plan is for Pinot to drive a F1 car at speeds of 120mph around the Magny-Cours track at the end of the season. Will this resolve it? Time will tell, in the meantime, Pinot slowly climbs back ... with a strong 4th place on today's stage 8!

Stage 8:

1 Leopold Konig (Cze) Team NetApp-Endura 4:09:46
2 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha 0:00:01
3 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:00:05
4 Thibaut Pinot (Fra)
5 Ivan Basso (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling
6 Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Belisol 0:00:08
7 Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:00:13
8 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:19
9 Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha
10 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling 0:00:23

1 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 31:39:30
2 Christopher Horner (USA) RadioShack Leopard 0:00:17
3 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha
4 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:00:18
5 Leopold Konig (Cze) Team NetApp-Endura 0:00:29
6 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) RadioShack Leopard 0:00:30
7 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:31
8 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling 0:00:42
9 Rafal Majka (Pol) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:00:52
10 Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha 0:01:03


Johnny said…
That looks steep! What's the gradient there?