The 22-year-old recorded the first win in this year’s race for France. Britain’s Bradley Wiggins retained the overall leader’s yellow jersey on a stage which saw Spain’s Olympic road race champion Samuel Sanchez crash out and is likely to miss defending his crown later this month in London.

Thibaut Pinot celebrates on the finish line yesterday. PIC/AFP

Sanchez, who rides for Euskaltel, suffered left shoulder injuries and fractured a bone in his right hand after coming down hard around 56 km into the 157.5 km stage between Belfort to Porrentruy in Switzerland.