Rider profile: Thibaut Pinot
No doubt the most talented French rider in the peloton, Pinot will be aiming to improve on his eye-catching tenth-place finish in Le Tour in 2012 (he also won Stage 8 brilliantly, going over the Col de la Croix in the process). In last year's race, aged 22, he became the youngest rider to finish in the top ten since Raymond Impanis (21 years and 8 months) in 1947.
Pinot is lightly raced in 2013 and it's clear that his home Grand Tour is his main focus. He's definitely one to watch, especially on the steeper stages.
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