Pinot claims overall victory at Tour of the Alps

The Frenchman cemented his win in Friday's fifth and final stage.

MILAN (AFP) — Groupama-FDJ’s Thibaut Pinot won the Tour of the Alps on Friday with Mark Padun (Bahrain-Merida) claiming victory in the fifth and final stage.

British four-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome finished fourth overall ahead of his bid for a Giro d’Italia title.

The 164-kilometer stage ran from Rattenberg to Innsbruck in Austria, traversing part of what will serve as the parcours for the upcoming road world championships.

Padun joined a nine-rider selection on the challenging Olympia climb before soloing away and staying clear to nab the stage. LottoNL-Jumbo’s George Bennett rode to second on the day, with Astana’s Jan Hirt taking third.

Pinot finished sixth the wrap up his overall victory. He becomes the second French winner of the race, formerly known as the Giro del Trentino, after Luc Leblanc in 1997.

Bahrain-Merida’s Domenico Pozzovivo and Astana’s Miguel Ángel López rounded out the final podium, both finishing 15 seconds down on Pinot.