'What happened last year won't happen again' says Thibaut Pinot on eve of Tour de France

The Frenchman insists he now has the head to match the legs while the clock continues to tick and France expects

Thibaut Pinot at the 2020 Critérium du Dauphiné (Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP via Getty Images)

(Image credit: AFP via Getty Images)

"Since 2014, people keep telling it’s now or never for the French, so yes, I'm getting used to that. The difference is if it’s not this year [that he wins], they will repeat it next year.

"But it’s true, the most negative pressure is the pressure I put on myself, how I handle pressure, I have more experience now. I can now walk away from this type of pressure. Now, I feel serenity."

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