Thibaut Pinot wins stage five of the Tour of the Alps as Romain Bardet clinches the overall title

The French rider overcame the disappointment of yesterday's second-place finish riding clear of David De La Cruz on the uphill finish to Lienz

Thibaut Pinot wins Stage 5 of the Tour of the Alps
(Image credit: Tim de Waele/Getty Images)

Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) put yesterday's heartbreak behind him as he beat David De La Cruz (Astana Qazaqstan) in an uphill sprint to take stage five of the Tour of the Alps.

Second on stage four, the enigmatic French rider bounced back to secure his first victory since his stage win in the 2019 Tour de France. The two riders had gone clear from the day's breakaway group after 66km on a wet and wild day that saw groups all over the road and the peloton, at times, more than 11 minutes behind.

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Luke Friend has worked as a writer, editor and copywriter for twenty five years. Across books, magazines and websites, he's covered a broad range of topics for a range of clients including Major League Baseball, the National Trust and the NHS. He has an MA in Professional Writing from Falmouth University and is a qualified bicycle mechanic. He has been a cycling enthusiast from an early age, partly due to watching the Tour de France on TV. He's a keen follower of bike racing to this day as well as a regular road and gravel rider.