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Could France lose another home Tour contender to a foreign team?

Could France lose another home Tour contender to a foreign team?

Thibaut Pinot says he isn’t ruling out leaving French team FDJ after this season Thibaut Pinot wins stage twenty of the 2015 Tour de France France could lose another Tour de France star to a foreign team if FDJ does not renew Thibaut Pinot, winner of the Alpe d’Huez stage in 2015 , beyond this season.

Pinot’s current two-year contract expires with 2016. Although he says that he would like to stay with FDJ, he admitted that he is shopping around as well for 2017.

“Marc [Madiot, team manager] appears confident,” Pinot told L’Equipe newspaper today. “I see that he’s calm and so I’m also calm.

“I see myself continuing [into 2017], but I’m not going to close the door to others. I’ll study the offers that I receive. First, let’s see how this year unfolds. The last time I dealt with other teams, via agents, was in 2014. I signed again shortly after the Tour and since then, I’ve never been contacted.”

Pinot placed third overall in the Tour de France in 2014 behind Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) and last year, won his second stage by escaping on the roads to the Alpe d’Huez ski resort. He celebrated in the white, blue and […]

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