An ode to Thibaut Pinot, the man who taught us to feel

The 32-year-old will retire at the end of this season, calling time on a career of highs and lows

Thibaut Pinot celebrating at Tour of the Alps 2022
Thibaut Pinot punches the air as he wins the final stage of the 2022 Tour of the Alps
(Image credit: Getty)

“With Thibaut Pinot, it was something else,” said Marc Madiot at the end of a long interview published on Groupama-FDJ's website yesterday. The Frenchman's team manager gets it. He always has. 

“For many people, Thibaut represents romantic cycling,” Madiot said. “He is seen as someone who is fragile, who has anxieties, fears, but when you scratch deep enough, he is actually one of the riders who goes the furthest into suffering. He hangs on.”

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Tom Davidson
Senior News Writer

Tom joined Cycling Weekly as a news and features writer in the summer of 2022, having previously contributed as a freelancer. He is the host of The TT Podcast, which covers both the men's and women's pelotons and has featured a number of prominent British riders. 

An enthusiastic cyclist himself, Tom likes it most when the road goes uphill and actively seeks out double-figure gradients on his rides. 

He's also fluent in French and Spanish and holds a master's degree in International Journalism.