Sunday July 8th, 2012

Stage 8Belfort / Porrentruy

Start 13h15 GMT 2+

Thibaut Pinot: The longest 10km of my life"

interview08.07.2012Stage 8- Belfort / Porrentruy

The youngest rider in the race had to convince his team manager to let him ride the Tour and at the pre-stage meeting today, he was told, «Tibaut, do not go on the attack!' He did. And he won. Marc Madiot is sure to listen to the advice of the 22-year-old more in the future...

“I lived through the longest 10km of my life. When I saw the peloton had got to within 50 seconds with 10km to go, I began to panic. I owe much of this win to Jérémy Roy. When he was ahead in the stage, I did not have to ride, and then when I bridged the gap to him he helped me throughout the game that was being played out before the final climb. He gave everything. After the last hill, I couldn't feel my legs but I was carried by the cheers of the fans, and it only happens like this on the Tour de France. Initially, I was meant to do the Vuelta a España but I insisted on doing the Tour and I made sure Marc Madiot knew what I wanted. Now I hope he's convinced that I was right...
“Yesterday, I didn't dare disturb the GC leaders who were ahead of me, I kept in my place. But if I wanted a stage victory, it was now or never. We can see that every day, our team is striving to do something and there is a real group of friends here and I'm pleased to have earned a reward such as this.”

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