'Maybe this is a turning point in my career': Thibaut Pinot's back problems put him out of Tour de France contention

The Frenchman was dropped early from the GC group on the first day in the Pyrenees

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Thibaut Pinot is out of yellow jersey contention at the 2020 Tour de France after being dropped early on the first day in the Pyrenees, saying "maybe this is a turning point in my career" after the stage.

The Frenchman has been suffering with back problems since crashing on the opening stage in Nice, after rain had made the roads slippery.

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