Frenchman Thibaut Pinot has announced his race programme through to the end of the season at Il Lombardia. The FDJ rider hasn’t raced since winning the Tour de l’Ain and will next be in action at the Tour du Doubs on September 10.
The French stage race win salvaged the second half of the 2017 season for Pinot, who enjoyed a successful debut Giro d’Italia in May with a stage win and an eventual fourth place overall after starting the final day on the podium. Prior to the Giro, Pinot won a stage and finished on the podium at the Ruta del Sol and Tour of the Alps, and was also on the final Tirreno-Adriatico podium.
After the one-day Tour du Doubs, Pinot will head to Belgium for the Grand Prix de Wallonie on September 13. Pinot’s final races will all come in Italy starting at Giro dell’Emilia on September 30. The next day Pinot will line up at the Gran Premio Bruno Beghelli, Tre Valli Varesine on October 3, and then Milano-Torino the following day. Il Lombardia, where Pinot finished third in 2015, is the final race of the season for the 27-year-old on October 7.
De la Cruz into fourth at La Vuelta
David de la Cruz rolled over the line atop the Observatorio Astronómico de Calar Alto on stage 11 of the Vuelta a Espana, one minute down on race leader Chris Froome (Team Sky). A broken front derailleur on the final climb of the day to the summit finish hindered the Quick-Step Floors rider but De la Cruz fared better than several rivals, jumping from sixth to fourth overall.
With 11 stages raced, De la Cruz is 2:36 minutes down on Froome with Vincenzo Nibali second at 1:19 and Esteban Chaves third at 2:33 minutes. Rather than focus on what could have been, the 28-year-old explained he is concentrating on his rise back up the GC.
George Bennett leaves the Vuelta
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Vuelta stage 11 video highlights
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