In the fight for the podium of the Tour de France, Romain Bardet knows the efforts made to win a place of honor on the Grande Boucle.
Hunt the natural, it comes back at a gallop. While he had assured, before the start of the Tour de France, not to make the general classification his priority objective, Romain Bardet is in the fight for the podium. Fourth in the general classification, the Auvergnant, second in 2016 and third in 2017, is only 18 seconds behind third place before crossing the Pyrenees. What necessarily give ideas to the leader of the DSM.
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The native of Brioude expects a merciless fight over the next three days. The fault in particular of Tadej Pogacar, who announced that he wanted to attack at all costs to make up for his 2’22 ” delay on Jonas Vingegaard. ” We can see that the peloton is tired, everyone is a bit on the limit. There was not a day on the Tour de France where we were able to let it go, rest a little bit and chat. I have the impression of not having breathed at all on this Tour de France. The last three mountain stages will be the final fight for the general classification so we can expect some movement. It’s gonna be explosive “, he warned.
It’s harder to do the general classification than to play for stage victories
And Romain Bardet wants to be all the more cautious as the Pyrenees give the runners little respite. ” LIn the Pyrenees, it’s often quite explosive since there’s not a lot of valley between each pass. In the third week, it’s very trying, the Pyrenean massif can still do great damage “, he confided, being pessimistic about his chances of winning a stage there: “ I would like to win a nice one on the pedal. I don’t know if it will be possible, because they are very strong up front. But in any case, it’s important for me, after a mixed start to the season, to find myself with the best in the world up front.»
The former AG2R driver will easily be satisfied with a place of honour. In his view, a good ranking in the Tour de France is not recognized at its fair value. ” It’s harder to make the general classification than to get up on certain days and play for stage victories. I’m not saying it’s easy to win the Tour. It’s anything but easy. But in any case, we often depreciate a top 7 or top 8, so he regretted. The efforts made to achieve this are enormous. It’s 21 steps all the way. Of course, I would love to win the Tour, but I find it even more rewarding to fight every day with the best in the mountains.»
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