Thibaut Pinot decides to end season early to focus on 2020 return

The Frenchman will not defend his Il Lombardia title

Thibaut Pinot at the 2019 Tour de France (Marco Bertorello/AFP/Getty Images)

(Image credit: AFP/Getty Images)

Thibaut Pinot has decided to end his season early in order to focus on a "very important" 2020 campaign, where he will target the Tour de France, a race he came close to winning this year.

The Frenchman's call to finish his season in early September means he will forgo the opportunity to defend his Il Lombardia title, having beaten Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) by 30 seconds as he claimed his first ever Monument.

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