Thibaut Pinot will compete in Tour de France 2022, while Arnaud Démare in Giro d’Italia.




Thibaut Pinot will be accompanied at the Tour by David Gaudu, Stefan Küng, and Michael Storer, while Démare and Attila Valter will compete in the Giro.

Thibaut Pinot will return to the French Grand Tour for the first time since 2020, according to Groupama-FDJ. Following a major crash in the first week, he battled back pain throughout the race, an ailment that forced him to withdraw from the Vuelta a Espana.

Thibaut Pinot did not participate in any grand tours in 2021 and only rode in 38 racing days while he recovered from a back issue. He’ll be hoping that his injury issues are behind him when he gets in Copenhagen for the start of this year’s Tour de France.

Thibaut Pinat said: 

“I want to regain my level and win races. I want to become the rider again before my fall on the Tour 2020. The Tour de France will be the highlight of my season with this common goal: a podium on the Champs-Élysées,”

Thibaut Pinot has had a string of bad luck at the Grand Tours in recent years. He dropped out of the 2018 Giro d’Italia on the penultimate day due to injury, and he also dropped out of the 2019 Tour de France early, both while in contention for a solid GC finish.

“I hope to be inflicting the pain on others,” Thibaut Pinot said in an interview with French daily Ouest-France  in early January 2022.

“I hope to be raising my arms again in victory.”

Last year’s 11th-place finisher David Gaudu, Stefan Küng — who is aiming for yellow in the opening time trial — Valentin Madouas, and new addition Michael Storer, who won two stages of the 2021 Vuelta a Espana, will join him at the Tour de France.

Gaudu said:

“I want to transform the top 10 into top 5, the top 5 into podiums, and the podiums into victories. The Tour de France will be the major goal of my season, I’m going with the team to aim for the podium in the general classification,”

Arnaud Démare and Attila Valter will compete in the Giro d’Italia in 2022, according to Groupama-FDJ. Valter’s stay in the pink jersey and 14th place finish in last year’s Giro d’Italia was one of the highlights of the race.

With a great performance in Italy, Démare hopes to put the terrible memories of the 2021 Tour de France behind him. The sprinter was involved in a crash during the opening stages of the French grand tour and finished fourth before being removed from the race owing to missing the time cut on stage 9.
Démare last competed in the Giro d’Italia in 2020, winning four stages as well as the overall points classification.

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