Thibaut Pinot, who is approaching the end of his career as a professional cyclist, was only able to secure a sixth-place finish in the overall standings of the Etoile de Bessèges.
Despite the results, Marc Madiot is pleased with the performance of both the team and Pinot. “I am still for Thibaut,” Madiot told CyclismActu. He continued, “The balance sheet, is correct but not an exploit. We finished 6th overall, we were not bad, but not to play for the win.”
Mads Pedersen wins the closing ITT stage of Étoile de Bessèges as Neilson Powless overturns Skjelmose to take GC win
The insufficient outcomes can be traced back to the reduced personnel with the exit of Jake Stewart and Lars van den Berg. “Everything is not going as planned because we still have two riders in the hospital, so it's still boring with a broken elbow for one and broken teeth for the other, so it's not ideal. As for Thibaut, he's on schedule, he's pretty good," said Madiot.
With Pinot's announcement of his retirement from professional cycling after 2023, the team is faced with the loss of one of its most reliable riders. "It's satisfying. I'm doing a decent time, but nothing more. I'm at my level. We're all in good condition, but we lacked a little something to do better. I'm going to continue working because it's there will be quite a few on the Giro. I'm going to recover and prepare for the Tour des Alpes-Maritimes et du Var, which is a race that I really like,” concluded Pinot.
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