It was just a bad time to pass. And until proven otherwise, it will have no effect on the rest of his Tour de France. Thibaut Pinot will be, this Sunday, at the beginning of the afternoon at the start of the second stage of the Tour de France, the first in the mountains. His fall on Saturday on the soap bar of the Promenade des Anglais, 3km from the first finish line, is just a bad memory: “We didn’t even talk about it in the evening at the hotel. Our topic of discussion revolved around the recruitment of PSG ”, confides its sports director Marc Madiot.
On Saturday, the medical press release from Groupama-FDJ indicated that Pinot was suffering from “multiple dermabrasions on the right side of the body, a trauma to the knee and a trauma to the right shoulder. “To put it simply: abrasions and bruises. Embarrassing, annoying but not too serious.
Concern for David Gaudu
The lieutenants of the Frenchman, them too, were not spared by the chaos of the first stage: “Seven of our eight riders fell” indicated Jacky Maillot, doctor of the team. David Gaudu has trauma to the sacrum. William Bonnet suffers from a trauma to the shoulder and a trauma to the left thigh. Rudy Molard has a trauma to his knee. The greatest concern concerns David Gaudu.
The rest of the peloton are also healing their wounds after this first day of slips. He has already lost a tenor. The Belgian Philippe Gilbert, 2012 world champion and winner of stages on the three Grand Tours, who suffers from a fractured patella in his left knee after a fall, gives up his pursuit of the Tour de France. His Lotto team is already deprived of another important rider, the German John Degenkolb, another former winner of Paris-Roubaix, who arrived late.