“I wanted to make the best time, it’s done, I won,” said Pinot in a report on L’Equipe. “I beat the favorites. There were two, three quite technical corners where I was forced to take risks to win. This result validates my progress against the clock even if I have further progress on technical parts. I’m in a strong position for tomorrow (Sunday). My opponents will have to take the initiative. “
The French Grand Tour rider set a time of 9:11, beating current French national champion Jérôme Coppel (IAM Cycling) by two seconds teammate Alexandre Geniezby three seconds.
Italy’s Moreno Moser (Cannondale) finished fourth, four seconds slower.
Pinot finished in the main peloton behind stage 1 winner Sam Bennett (Bora Argon 18) and so took the race leader’s yellow jersey before Sunday’s decisive hilly final stage to Col de l’Ospedale, and now leads Coppel by two seconds.
It was Pinot’s first victory of the 2016 season and the first time trial victory of his career.
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