Helmets Off: Thibaut Pinot

Thibaut Pinot stole the best young rider’s white jersey away from his French countryman Romain Bardet in stage 16 at the Tour de France. Pinot (FDJ) finished more than two minutes ahead of Bardet (AG2R) in the 147-mile race that started in Carcassonne and ended in Bagneres-de-Luchon. The 24-year-old attacked on the brutal final climb of the Port de Balès. He set a blistering pace up and down the mountain that deservedly earned him the best young rider award.

pinot in white jerseyThibaut Pinot celebrates on the podium in the white jersey. Photo by AP.

2013 tour photo by schleckPinot at the 2013 Tour de France presentations. Here he is in a white shirt sitting next to suited Mark Cavendish, Andy Schleck and Cadel Evans. Photo by Andy Schleck.

in 2012 TourGoofing off at the 2012 Tour de France. Photo by AP.

MATTHEW DE MARTIGNACPinot and his girlfriend Andrea Vannier before the first mountain stage of the 2013 Tour de France. Photo by Matthew de Martignac.

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