Saturday July 12th, 2014

Stage 8Tomblaine / Gérardmer La Mauselaine

Start 13h40 (Local time)

Thibaut Pinot: "I'm a little bit behind"

interview12.07.2014Stage 8- Tomblaine / Gérardmer La Mauselaine

Close to the arch-favourites of this Tour de France in Gerardmer, Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) earned a promising 5th place in the stage but he insists that the Tour is now a duel between Vincenzo Nibali and Alberto Contador.

"It's sure that I wanted to test myself. It's a pity to see such a beautiful region in the mist. I still hope it was a great show in spite of the rain. To start with mid-mountain allows us to step up a gear. We spent one week on the big gear and on the climbs you need to adjust your pedaling. For me, obviously it's going to be between Nibali and Contador. Today I saw it from a distance, I'm a little bit behind. Maybe on a stage or a hill that suits me better I will have a chance, but for the three-week race, I'm afraid they're still ahead of me."

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