Thibaut Pinot will not ride the 2021 Tour de France, according to reports

Instead, French media sources indicate Pinot will turn to the Giro d'Italia

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Thibaut Pinot is set to skip the 2021 Tour de France, according to French media, with the Groupama-FDJ instead set to contest the Giro d'Italia in May.

Once again, Pinot is said to have tired of the pressure that comes with riding his home Grand Tour as a contender, while the 2021 route is also less mountainous and therefore not as suited to his abilities as the previous couple of editions.

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