Geraint Thomas praises Thibaut Pinot for La Planche des Belles Filles performance at Tour de France 2019

The first mountain finish has given us a glimpse at the strong GC contenders

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Geraint Thomas singled out Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) for praise after his performance on La Planche de Belles Filles on stage six of the Tour de France.

“I heard he’s from round there, he knew it really well and he timed his effort really well,” Thomas said of the Frenchman, who was third in the 2014 Tour de France.

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After cutting his teeth on local and national newspapers, James began at Cycling Weekly as a sub-editor in 2000 when the current office was literally all fields. 

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A lifelong cyclist and cycling fan, James's racing days (and most of his fitness) are now behind him. But he still rides regularly, both on the road and on the gravelly stuff.