Bardet at the 2014 Tour de l'Ain
|Full name||Romain Bardet|
9 November 1990 |
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Weight||65 kg (143 lb; 10.2 st)|
|Current team||AG2R La Mondiale|
Bardet turned professional in 2012. He distinguished himself in the 2012 Tour of Turkey especially in the 3rd stage, which was a mountain affair, where he attacked relentlessly to finally take fifth place. He also finished fifth overall in this stage race.
In 2014, Bardet finished sixth overall in the 2014 Tour de France. He also wore the white jersey for several days, ultimately placing second to Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) in the final young rider classification.
In Stage 5 (a mountain stage) of the Critérium du Dauphiné, Bardet attacked the leading group at the end of the penultimate climb of the day. He gained a minute on the technical descent, then climbed up to the ski resort of Pra-Loup to win the stage solo, 36 seconds of ahead of second-placed Tejay van Garderen.
At the 2015 Tour de France, Bardet and Thibaut Pinot were part of a breakaway and led over the top of the final climb (Côte de la Croix Neuve) of Stage 14. However, the pair were caught and overtaken by Steve Cummings (MTN-Qhubeka) on the short descent to the finish at Mende Aerodrome, and Bardet finished third in the stage. On 23 July 2015, after a solo breakaway, Bardet won Stage 18, a mountain stage. It was his first ever Tour de France stage victory. The next day, he claimed the polka dot jersey for the first time, after finishing fifth in Stage 19, another mountain stage. However, he lost the polka dot jersey to Chris Froome on Stage 20. Bardet finished in ninth place in the final general classification and won the combativity award of the 2015 Tour de France
In February 2016, Bardet repeatedly attacked Nibali during Stage 4 of the 2016 Tour of Oman and ultimately finished the stage in second position, 9 seconds behind him. Bardet finished the Tour of Oman second overall, 15 seconds behind Vincenzo Nibali (Astana). In June, Bardet attacked during Stage 6 of Critérium du Dauphiné and ultimately finished second in the stage after being outsprinted by Thibaut Pinot to the finish line in Méribel. After Stage 6, Bardet rose to third overall in the general classification, 21 seconds behind the leader Chris Froome. Bardet finished second overall in the Critérium du Dauphiné final general classification, 12 seconds behind Froome.
On Stage 19 of the 2016 Tour de France, Bardet and his team mate Mikaël Cherel attacked together on a wet descent before the penultimate climb. Bardet escaped the yellow jersey group on the lower slopes of Mont Blanc with 10 km to go. Bardet caught the breakaway survivor Rui Costa with 7 km to go, dropped him on the steepest pitches of the final climb with 3.2 km remaining and won the stage by 23 seconds over second-placed Joaquim Rodríguez. He was the first and only Frenchman to win a stage in the 2016 Tour de France. After winning Stage 19, Bardet rose from fifth to second overall in the general classification. He finished the 2016 Tour de France in second position in the final general classification, 4:05 behind Chris Froome. Bardet thus became just the sixth Frenchman to finish in the top three in the final general classification of the last 30 editions of the Tour de France, the other five were Thibaut Pinot(2014), Jean-Christophe Péraud(2014), Richard Virenque(1996, 1997), Laurent Fignon(1989) and Jean-François Bernard(1987).
Bardet lives in Clermont-Ferrand. Alongside his professional cycling career, Romain Bardet began business studies in 2011, in the Grande École program adapted to high-level athletes in Grenoble School of Management. He should obtain his Postgraduate diploma in Management in 2015. Bardet is rare among professional cyclists in that he is fat-adapted rather than carb loading.
- 5th Overall Tour des Pays de Savoie
- 6th Overall Tour de l'Avenir
- 8th Overall Tour des Pays de Savoie
- 8th Overall Giro delle Regioni
- 9th Overall Ronde de l'Isard
- 1st Stage 4
- 10th Piccolo Giro di Lombardia
- 1st Stage 5 Tour de l'Avenir
- 2nd Overall Tour des Pays de Savoie
- 1st Stages 2 & 3
- 2nd Liège–Bastogne–Liège Espoirs
- 4th Overall UCI Under–23 Nations' Cup
- 6th Overall Giro del Friuli
- 9th Gran Premio Palio del Recioto
- 5th Overall Tour of Turkey
- 1st Overall Tour de l'Ain
- 3rd Les Boucles du Sud Ardèche
- 4th Overall Route du Sud
- 5th Overall Tour of Beijing
- 7th Overall Étoile de Bessèges
- 1st La Drôme Classic
- 1st Young rider classification Tour of Oman
- 2nd Overall Tour de l'Ain
- 4th Overall Volta a Catalunya
- 4th Classic Sud-Ardèche
- 5th Overall Critérium du Dauphiné
- 5th Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal
- 6th Overall Tour de France
- Held after Stages 10–15
- Combativity award Stage 17
- 10th Grand Prix d'Ouverture La Marseillaise
- 10th Paris–Camembert
- 10th Liège–Bastogne–Liège
- 3rd International Road Cycling Challenge
- 5th Overall Vuelta a Andalucía
- 6th Overall Critérium du Dauphiné
- 1st Stage 5
- 6th Liège–Bastogne–Liège
- 7th Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal
- 9th Overall Giro del Trentino
- 9th Overall Tour de Romandie
- 9th Overall Tour de France
- 1st Stage 18
- Combativity award Stage 18 & Overall
- Held after Stage 19
- 2nd Overall Tour de France
- 1st Stage 19
- 2nd Overall Tour of Oman
- 2nd Overall Critérium du Dauphiné
- 2nd Giro dell'Emilia
- 4th Giro di Lombardia
- 5th Classic Sud-Ardèche
- 6th Overall Volta a Catalunya
- 6th Overall Giro del Trentino
- 8th La Drôme Classic
- 9th Overall Paris–Nice
- 9th Milano–Torino
- 6th Liège–Bastogne–Liège
- 10th Overall Volta a Catalunya
General classification results timeline
|Grand Tour general classification results timeline|
|Tour de France||—||15||6||9||2|
|Vuelta a España||—||—||—||—||—|
|Major stage race general classification results timeline|
|Volta a Catalunya||40||53||4||DNF||6||10|
|Tour of the Basque Country||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|Tour de Romandie||—||—||—||9||27|
|Critérium du Dauphiné||—||—||5||6||2|
|Tour de Suisse||—||—||—||—||—|
|—||Did not compete|
|DNF||Did not finish|
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