Tour de France 2022 - A reassuring knee and an unchanged ambition: all is well for Romain Bardet

Tour de France 2022 – A reassuring knee and an unchanged ambition: all is well for Romain Bardet


If we had told him on May 20 that he would be 6th in the Tour de France on the evening of the 9th stage, not sure he would have believed us. Yet this is the ideal situation in which Romain Bardet finds himself, as the peloton offers itself a second day of well-deserved rest after a grueling week. Overall quite discreet but still placed, the Frenchman of the DSM achieved a perfect first part of the Tour de France, without false note except this fall on the 8th stage, between Dôle and Lausanne. A fall that doesn’t really seem to worry him anymore.

A little difficult to bend the left leg, but once on the bike it’s better

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Sunday I felt a little discomfort and this morning it’s a little steeper, so the rest is timelyhe assures. I have a little trouble bending my left leg, but once on the bike it’s better. If it stays that way, it should be fine“. Caught in a big fall which notably forced his teammate Kevin Vermaerke to leave the route of the Tour de France, the Frenchman therefore seems to have avoided the worst.”I don’t think it’s very worryingadmits the Habs. But there are two weeks left of the race“. And not the least since the Grande Boucle has not yet approached the great Alpine and then Pyrenean passes.

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The Tour has already been quite intense so far, but in terms of elevation and climbs it was absolutely not comparable to what awaits usBardet analysis. Wednesday (towards Granon) and Thursday (towards Alpe d’Huez) will be two very tough stages, which will make the difference“. Two stages that correspond well to the qualities of the Frenchman from the DSM, an excellent climber who loves chaining passes. Put in confidence by his performance on the Super Planche des Belles Filles (8th at 21” from the winner) where he had lived an ordeal in 2019 (1’09” lost then), Bardet currently occupies 6th place overall, 1’39” from the yellow jersey Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates).

We will see in the mountains what the objectives can be

Above all, the Habs are only about twenty seconds from the podium and third place currently occupied by Geraint Thomas (INEOS Grenadiers). What is it to aspire to find in Paris the podium of the Tour de France, five after (2nd in 2016 and 2017)? “Plans haven’t changedhe assures. I never said I was going to let myself down voluntarily. I want to keep all possible options open. We only arrive in the mountains and on the decisive stages. We will see what the objectives can be at that time.“. Understand that Romain Bardet intends to fight as much as possible to play the general classification of the Tour, without trying to put pressure on himself. And he is right.

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