Thibaut Pinot the youngest rider in this year's Tour de France pulled off his biggest career victory to date in soloing to the finish line in Porrentruy Switzerland ahead of a chase group that was more star studded than a Hollywood Boulevard.
The young Thibaut saw his chance come 25 km out from the finish on the day’s final climb when he accelerated clear of the breakaway group to catch lone leader Frederik Kessiakoff (Astana) with 17km remaining. Thibaut of France wasted no time in stamping his authority on the race by going straight past the Swede an quickly opening up a 15 second lead as they sped down the mountain into the finishing town.
Anxious moments came when a regrouping of the stars eventuated on the descent that resulted in a team time trial of the main contenders chasing the young Frenchman taking 5 - 1- seconds per km out of his lead. But with the encouragement of his team director Madiot the Victory was savoured for France.
Cadel Evans hoping to steal back precious seconds from Tour leader Wiggin's tried in vain to ride clear in the finale, the Australian captured second place on the day but remains at 10 seconds from the Brit.