It’s an old debate in the peloton. And he annoys Thibaut Pinot. In a long interview given this Tuesday to The team to evoke the 2021 season, the climber of the FDJ-Groupama evokes the subject of corticosteroids, still used by part of the professional peloton.
“When you do an infiltration or you use cortisone, there is at least three weeks of effects … Some do just before the races. You’re out of competition, but the effect is there, underlines the one who gave up competing in the Tour de France this season to align with the Giro. I’m the complete opposite of all of that, but we’re still in two-speed cycling I think. “
“A guy who has a TUE (Editor’s note: authorization for therapeutic use) has nothing to do on a bike, explains the man who has had recourse, out of competition this winter, to an infiltration to treat the back pain he has been dragging since his Tour de France in September. He is not fit to compete. I do not understand that guys ride a bike on cortisone. “
“Stop cycling, I think about it very often”
The International Cycling Union (UCI) has just announced that corticosteroids will be banned from the peloton from 2022. But this is not the only point that annoys Thibaut Pinot, also raised against ketones, this muscle “fuel” used notably by the Jumbo-Visma team, whose performances marked the last Big Loop.
“But why do runners keep throwing their cans in the wild and on the other hand the little vials of ketones, they keep them in their pockets?” I don’t understand, says the climber. We are told that it makes you lose weight, but the hardest part in cycling is not six or seven hours, it is precisely the weight, to lose weight while keeping your power and strength. “
At 30, the French also affirms in the interview that he never considered not returning to the Tour despite his disappointments in 2019, where he was forced to retire, and in 2020. But says he is sometimes left with demands. of his sport.
“Ah but, stopping the bike, I think about it very often. Always since I was 18, he explains. I always said that when I saw that I was no longer able to win races, I would stop. But this is not yet the case, otherwise I would not be there. “
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