The FDJ rider’s Tour, which concludes on Sunday in Paris, got here to an finish an hour into stage 19 within the Alps.
The 29-year-old Pinot was in fifth place initially of Friday’s stage, just below two minutes behind Julian Alaphilippe, who had began the day within the yellow jersey.
Pinot known as for medical assist — strapping for his left thigh — however then step by step drifted away from the peloton earlier than stopping.
Bernard Hinault was the final Frenchman to win the Tour de France in 1985.
Pinot did not end the Tour in 2016 and 2017 and was unable to compete within the 2018 race resulting from sickness.
In a while Friday Stage 19 was known as off due to opposed climate circumstances. The race was stopped close to the top of the stage with lower than 18 miles to go.
Race organizers stated rider occasions could be taken on the Col de l’Iseran. That put Egan Bernal in yellow.