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Thibaut Pinot draws a 208km goat with a Strava ride

Joe Robinson
24 Sep 2018

Frenchman clearly relaxed just days before World Championships as he channels his inner artist

While many of the world's best climbers will nervously be honing their form and becoming at one with the route just days before the UCI World Championships road race, French mountain expert Thibaut Pinot has been spending his final days at home well, etching a self-portrait of himself on Strava by drawing a goat with his ride.

The Groupama-FDJ rider went for a 208.34km rider around the local area, just west of Mulhouse, and by the time he had returned home had drawn the outline of a goat with his ride.

Clearly relaxed despite being just days away from racing for the rainbow jersey, Pinot headed into the nearby Venton Massif mountain range, drawing the animal with astounding accuracy. 

Most impressive is Pinot's attention to detail including the drawing of the goat's horns and the sprung nature of its front legs.

The goat seems an apt animal for Pinot to draw with the Frenchman also seeming to be in good form as he averaged 34.6kmh across the six hours of riding, despite being alone and having the daunting task of not taking a wrong turn on this well-planned route.

Pinot also cruised along at a respectable average power of 256w and average cadence of 88rpm.

Strangely, Pinot's ride has been flagged by a fellow user although it is unconfirmed whether this was due to Pinot snagging plenty of local KOMs or a fellow rider having a particular aversion to the horned animal.

The recent double stage winner of the Vuelta a Espana will now join teammates Romain Bardet and Julian Alaphilippe as France hunts its first elite men's road race title since Laurent Brochard's 1997 victory in San Sebastian. 

The men's course is 265km from Kufstein to Innsbruck, Austria, and takes on nine major climbs along the way.  It will see the peloton climb in excess of 5,000m of vertical gain with final climb, Holl, taking riders over gradients of 28% within the final 10km.

This difficult parcour has seen France declared as one of the favourite teams for the title with Alaphilippe among one of the leading favourites for the title although Pinot and Bardet will offer extremely capable Plan Bs.