It’s been 17 years since we saw a French rider on the podium of the Tour de France, 30 years since two French riders were on the same podium...
1st podium on the Tour de France for Team FDJ.fr with Thibaut Pinot!
This year’s podium will not be forgotten! For the first time Team FDJ.fr take a spot on the final podium and a winner’s jersey in Paris!
Thibaut Pinot, shone in 2012 on his first Tour de France (stage winner and 10th in the overall standings); was adrift in 2013 after being ill early in the Tour; and has shown this year that he is part of the best “Grand Tour” riders in the world.
During the third week of the race, the FDJ.fr rider was exemplary in every moment. He attacked in the Pyrenees and took the white jersey of best young rider from Romain Bardet (AG2R). Then he took the second place after Alejandro Valverde in the overall classification during the climb to Hautacam. His most astonishing result came from Saturdays’s time trial, where Thibaut was not a favourite, and only 15 seconds separated the three candidates on the podium: Thibaut Pinot, Jean-Christophe Péraud (AG2R) and Alejandro Valverde (Movistar).
But Thibaut, sure of his good legs after 3 weeks of racing, showed that he finished the Tour de France with great physical form and performed the best time trial of his career, finishing in 12th place. The work done throughout the past few months has paid off! Equipment test sessions, wind tunnel optimized position, nothing was left to chance.
He was finally beaten by Jean-Christophe Péraud, time trial specialist, who took the 7th place and went up to the 2nd place in the final standings.
But Thibaut does not hide his pleasure: 3rd placed in the Tour de France for his third participation at 24 years old, he has many great years of competition ahead of him.
This incredible performance would not have been possible without the unwavering support of his team. Congratulations to the entire team FDJ.fr!
For sure, this is a perfect promotion for our Lapierre Aircode that we have seen on all the covers and websites throughout the three weeks of racing.
See you in 2015!
Thibaut Pinot - best young rider of the Tour de France 2014 with his Lapierre Aircode!