After two podiums (2nd in 2016 and 3rd in 2017), his result (7th this Saturday morning) is a drag on the ambition of the climber to win the Tour. He will have to learn from it to start afresh.
"I attacked to take some pleasure"
"I still missed it" lamented Romain Bardet, in front of the stadium Robert-Paparemborde, the unforgettable pillar of the Fifteenth of France, in Laruns. He missed about fifteen seconds to topple at the neck of Aubisque. The wheel of Primoz Roglic had escaped him like an eel that one tries to catch with bare hands, after it was too late against a rider of his temper. Let's forget the "if": the list would be too long during this month of July for the AG2R La Mondiale team and its leader.
Even though the victory was not at the end of the 100-kilometer raid launched from the slopes of the Tourmalet, Bardet returned to a distended wire with the Tour. He was in the race again. It is important for a climber to open the road, to find his reflexes of attacker in the big passes. In summary, Romain Bardet felt revived. "I believed in victory to the end (he ranked 3 e ). The legs responded rather well. I attacked to take a little pleasure, it was not often the case on this …