Thibaut Pinot struck in face in feed zone collision with Trek-Segafredo soigneur

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A Trek-Segafredo soigneur handing a musette to a team rider was in the path of FDJ-Groupama’s Thibaut Pinot and consequently struck the former third-place Tour de France finisher in the face.

Pinot suffered a run of bad luck in today’s stage 8 , as he came off his bike with little over 40km remaining. He had not long remounted before he ran into trouble in the feed zone and was struck in the face - being so visibly shaken that he took a moment to embrace a nearby EF Education-EasyPost communications director Matthew Beaudin.

A day previously, on stage 7, Pinot lost 2:26 to Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) into the finish of La Super Planche des Belles Filles, and sat 7:47 back in the overall standings in 24th place.

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Speaking on Thursday, Pinot explained that he would consider a stage victory on home soil as a prestigious result , but that because he was playing a supporting role for Groupama-FDJ leader David Gaudu, he was not too focused on a personal result.

On the approach to the Tour, Groupama-FDJ’s team roster suggested Pinot and Gaudu would be joint leaders, but with Gaudu - who is currently fifth in the GC - targeting an overall result while Pinot was set to hunt individual stages.

On current from and still recovering from COVID-19, Pinot still seems slightly off the pace for a mountain stage win at this year's Tour.

A screenshot of the incident (courtesy of Eurosport/ GCN) (Image credit: Eurosport/GCN)

“Thibaut hasn’t found his complete form yet, which is normal after the COVID, but I think that we will see a great Pinot in the Alps and in the Pyrenees,” said team manager Marc Madiot after the finish of stage 7 on Planche des Belles Filles.

Following the fall and the face strike, Pinot made his way back into the peloton, but finished 2:18 behind the leading group of Pogačar on the road, in 51st position. He now sits just over 10 minutes off Pogačar in the general classification.

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