Thibaut Pinot: I was convinced I could win the Tour

The Frenchman was forced to abandon with injury on stage 19 of the Tour de France

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Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) believes he could have won the 2019 Tour de France had it not been for a crash and his abandonment on stage 19.

Pinot sat fifth overall, just 20 seconds behind now race leader Egan Bernal (Ineos). However, on Friday's stage, he felt too much pain in his left thigh to continue and quit at at 36km into the stage.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.