Thibaut Pinot

Thibaut Pinot

Personal information
Full name Thibaut Pinot
Nickname Pinot Noir
Born (1990-05-29) 29 May 1990
Mélisey, Haute-Saône, France
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)[1]
Weight 63 kg (139 lb; 9.9 st)[1]
Team information
Current team FDJ
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type All-rounder
Professional team(s)
2010– Française des Jeux
Major wins

Grand Tours

Tour de France
2 individual stages (2012, 2015)
Young rider classification (2014)

Stage races

Critérium International (2016)

One-day races and Classics

National Time Trial Championships (2016)
Infobox last updated on
23 June 2016

Thibaut Pinot (born 29 May 1990 in Mélisey, Haute-Saône) is a French professional road bicycle racer for UCI ProTeam FDJ.[2] He is rated as one of the most promising talents in French cycling, and ended as third overall in the 2014 Tour de France, and first in the young rider classification in the race.



Pinot wearing the White Jersey at the 2014 Tour de France

Pinot, aged 22 was the youngest rider in the 2012 Tour de France. He took a prestigious victory on the eighth stage from Belfort to Porrentruy, which comprised seven categorized climbs including the Category 1 Col de la Croix, where he passed Fredrik Kessiakoff (Astana) shortly before the summit. He then negotiated the descent and the flat portion of road before the finish situated 16 km from the climb. He held on to his lead over the chasing group which included some of the Tour's general classification contenders despite the head wind, being frantically encouraged by his team manager, Marc Madiot. He crossed the line alone with an advantage of 26 seconds over the chasers.[3] Despite being the youngest rider of the Tour,[4] he managed to finish 10th overall in the final general classification. At 22 years and 54 days, he became the youngest rider to finish in the top 10 since Raymond Impanis in 1947, who was then 21 years and 8 months old.[5]

Pinot at the 2015 Tour de France


At the 2013 Tour de France, Pinot abandoned the race on stage 16. He rebounded from this disappointment to finish seventh overall in the Vuelta a España. At the 2014 Tour de France, Pinot won the white jersey for being the best young rider and finished in third place in the final general classification, behind Vincenzo Nibali (1st) and Jean-Christophe Péraud (2nd). He and Péraud became the first Frenchmen to finish in the top three overall in the Tour de France since Richard Virenque finished as the runner-up overall in 1997. It was the first time in 30 years that two Frenchmen finished in the top three overall in the Tour de France - Laurent Fignon (winner) and Bernard Hinault (runner-up) finished in the top two overall in 1984.[6]


In 2015, Pinot had his first victory of the season at the Tour de Romandie. He won the queen stage of the race with seven seconds of an advantage over his nearest pursuer, Ilnur Zakarin of Team Katusha.[7] He finished fourth in the general classification and was awarded the best Young rider jersey.[8] In June, as he was preparing for the 2015 Tour de France, he participated to the Tour de Suisse and won the queen stage, a long and difficult event featuring a mountaintop finish. He won solo at the foot of the Rettenbach glacier.[9] At the 2015 Tour de France, Pinot won Stage 20 (it finished in Alpe d'Huez) in solo fashion and finished 16th in the final general classification.[10]


Pinot performed badly in Stage 12 of the 2016 Tour de France, finishing a massive 28:24 behind the stage winner Thomas De Gendt. Pinot withdrew from the race just before the start of Stage 13 because he was suffering from bronchitis. He was in 34th position in the general classification 42 min and 54 sec behind the overall leader Chris Froome after the end of Stage 12. Pinot had worn the polka dot jersey for 3 stages (Stages 10, 11 and 12) during that Tour.[11][12] On 16 Jul 2016, Pinot announced his withdrawal from the upcoming road race and time trial events of the 2016 Olympics Games because he required a prolonged rest due to his bronchitis and would not recover in time to paritcipate in the 2016 Olympics Games.[13]On 1 Sep, Pinot announced on Twitter that his 2016 cycling season had come to an end, citing "persistent fatigue due to a virus" and "in order to prepare best for the next season" as the reasons for his decision to end his season prematurely. He had not raced in any cycling event since his withdrawal from the Tour de France just before the start of Stage 13.[14]

Career achievements

Major results

1st Overall Giro della Valle d'Aosta
1st Stage 3 Tour des Pays de Savoie
1st Tour du Canton de Mareuil Verteillac
1st Grand Prix de la ville de Delle
1st Mountains classification Tour de Romandie
1st Mountains classification Paris–Corrèze
1st Overall Tour d'Alsace
1st Stage 5
1st Overall Settimana Ciclistica Lombarda
1st Stage 1
Tour de l'Ain
1st Stages 2 & 4
2nd Overall Rhône-Alpes Isère Tour
3rd Tre Valli Varesine
3rd Overall Tour of Turkey
7th Overall Bayern-Rundfahrt
1st Young rider classification
9th Gran Premio Bruno Beghelli
1st Stage 5 Tour de l'Ain
10th Overall Tour de France
1st Stage 8
4th Overall Tour de Suisse
6th Overall Tour de l'Ain
7th Overall Vuelta a España
8th Overall Volta a Catalunya
3rd Overall Tour de France
1st Young rider classification
4th Tour du Doubs
5th Overall Bayern-Rundfahrt
1st Young rider classification
9th Overall Tour of the Basque Country
9th Grand Prix de Wallonie
10th Overall Tour de Romandie
1st Overall Tour du Gévaudan Languedoc-Roussillon
1st Points classification
1st Stage 1
1st Stage 20 Tour de France
2nd Overall Critérium International
1st Young rider classification
3rd Giro di Lombardia
4th Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
4th Overall Tour de Romandie
1st Young rider classification
1st Stage 5
4th Overall Tour de Suisse
1st Stage 5
4th Milano–Torino
6th Grand Prix de Wallonie
6th International Road Cycling Challenge
10th Overall Tour of the Basque Country
1st National Time Trial Championships
1st Overall Critérium International
1st Points classification
1st Stages 2 (ITT) & 3
1st Stage 6 Critérium du Dauphiné
2nd Overall Tour de Romandie
1st Stage 3 (ITT)
2nd Grand Prix d'Ouverture La Marseillaise
3rd Overall Étoile de Bessèges
4th Overall Volta ao Algarve
4th Overall Tour of the Basque Country
5th Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
Tour de France
Held after Stages 9–11
Combativity award Stage 8

Grand Tour general classification results timeline

Grand Tour 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Pink jersey Giro
Yellow jersey Tour 10 WD 3 16 WD
red jersey Vuelta 7 WD

WD = Withdrew; IP = In Progress

Major stage race general classification results timeline

Race 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Tirreno–Adriatico 50 DNF 4 5
Volta a Catalunya 49 DNF 8 13
Tour of the Basque Country DNF 40 9 10 4
Tour de Romandie 30 11 12 10 4 2
Critérium du Dauphiné 20 16 16
Tour de Suisse DNF 4 15 4


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