Romain Bardet

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Romain Bardet
Tour de l'Ain 2014 - Romain Bardet.jpg
Bardet at the 2014 Tour de l'Ain
Personal information
Full nameRomain Bardet
Born (1990-11-09) 9 November 1990 (age 28)
Brioude, France
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight65 kg (143 lb; 10.2 st)
Team information
Current teamAG2R La Mondiale
DisciplineRoad
RoleRider
Rider typeClimber
Amateur team(s)
2000–2008Vélo Sport Brivadois
2009CR4C Roanne
2010–2011Chambéry CF
Professional team(s)
2012–Ag2r–La Mondiale
Major wins
Grand Tours
Tour de France
3 individual stages (2015, 2016, 2017)
Combativity award (2015)

Stage races

Tour de l'Ain (2013)

Single-day races and Classics

La Drôme Classic (2014)
Classic Sud-Ardèche (2018)

Romain Bardet (born 9 November 1990) is a professional French racing cyclist, currently riding for AG2R La Mondiale. Bardet is known for his climbing ability which makes him one of the top contenders in Grand Tours.

So far in his career, his best results has come on home soil. He has won three stages in the Tour de France in three separate years running from 2015 to 2017. He has also finished on the podium in the Tour de France twice, second overall in 2016 and third overall in 2017. He has also worn the Young rider classification jersey, the Mountains classification jersey and won the Combativity Award overall.

Professional career[edit]

AG2R La Mondiale (2012-present)[edit]

2012–2014[edit]

Bardet at the 2013 Tour de France

Bardet turned professional in 2012.[1] He distinguished himself in that year's Tour of Turkey especially in the 3rd stage, which was a mountain affair, where he attacked relentlessly to finally take fifth place.[2] He also finished fifth overall in this stage race.[3] The following season, Bardet would ride his first Tour de France and take his first professional victory at Tour de l'Ain. His next victory would come the following year where he won La Drôme Classic which was his first single-day race win. Bardet finished 4th overall at the Volta a Catalunya in 2014 and also rode his first Critérium du Dauphiné where he finished 5th overall. Going into the 2014 Tour de France, Bardet was team leader together with Jean-Christophe Péraud. Barnet would climb to 3rd place overall at the end of the second week, and even had a short stint in the white jersey. Despite losing his podium place in the final week, Bardet still attacked on downhill sections to potentially gain seconds on his rivals. In the end, Bardet finished 6th overall and his team mate Jean-Christophe Péraud finished 2nd overall. Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) took the win in the young rider classification in front of Bardet on the 2nd place.

2015[edit]

Having had a brilliant spring campaign with a 6th place at Liège-Bastogne-Liège and 9th overall at Tour de Romandie, Bardet was regarded as many as one of the outsiders for a podium spot in the Tour de France. In his final stage race before the Tour Critérium du Dauphiné, Bardet went on to attack on the downhill section before the last climb on stage 5. 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.[4] He would go on to finish 6th overall at the race. At the Tour de France, Bardet would lose time in the crosswinds in Netherlands and the Team time trial in the first week.

When the mountains finally arrived, Bardet would lose even more time and with almost half of the race done, it was clear to see that he was out of the general classification. On the last day in the Pyrenees, he would go into the breakaway and finish 3rd in the stage to Plateau de Beille. Bardet and Thibaut Pinot were part of a breakaway and led over the top of the final Côte de la Croix Neuve climb 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.[5] The next day, he claimed the polka dot jersey for the first time, after finishing fifth in Stage 19, another mountain stage.[6] 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 Tour.

2016[edit]

Bardet on his way to winning Stage 19 of the 2016 Tour de France

In February 2016, Bardet repeatedly attacked Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) during Stage 4 of the 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 Nibali.[7] 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.[8] Bardet finished second overall in the Critérium du Dauphiné final general classification, 12 seconds behind Froome.[9]

On Stage 19 of the 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 kilometres (6.2 miles) to go. Bardet caught the breakaway survivor Rui Costa with 7 kilometres (4.3 miles) to go, dropped him on the steepest pitches of the final climb with 3.2 kilometres (2.0 miles) 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 Tour in second position in the final general classification, 4:05 behind Chris Froome.[10] 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 and Jean-Christophe Péraud (both 2014), Richard Virenque (1996, 1997), Laurent Fignon (1989) and Jean-François Bernard (1987).[11]

Bardet was selected to represent France at the Summer Olympics in the individual road race. He finished the road race in 24th position.

2017[edit]

After crashing on stage 1 of Paris-Nice, Bardet was thrown out of the race after he had been towed by his team car.[12]

Bardet leading Chris Froome, Rigoberto Urán and Warren Barguil during a descent at the 2017 Tour de France

Bardet won stage 12 of the 2017 Tour de France, with an acceleration near the finishing line in Peyragudes in the French Pyrenees, blasting away with less than 500 metres to go to take his third stage win in three years.[13][14] Bardet struggled throughout the 22.5 km individual time trial (Stage 20) that started and finished in Marseille and could only finish it in 52nd position, 2 min 3 sec behind its winner Maciej Bodnar. Bardet's underperformance in that time trial resulted in him moving down from second to third in the general classification going into Stage 21 (the final stage), with just a one-second lead over fourth-placed Mikel Landa. Bardet managed to hold on to his one-second lead over Landa after completing Stage 21 to finish the Tour in third position in the final general classification, behind Chris Froome and Rigoberto Urán. Bardet thus finished in the top three in the Tour de France final general classification for the second consecutive year.[15]

2018[edit]

Bardet (left) on the podium at the 2018 UCI Road World Championships

Bardet missed the 2018 Vuelta a Andalucía after injuring his right arm in a domestic accident.[16] He returned to action with a victory in the Classic Sud-Ardèche in February. In March, Bardet rode the Strade Bianche one day classic, held partly on gravel roads in torrential rain. He broke away with the world cyclocross champion Wout van Aert and the pair lead the race for much of the final 40km before Tiesj Benoot (Lotto–Soudal) attacked from a chasing group to catch and then drop them in the final sector of dirt roads. Benoot soloed to victory by 39 seconds ahead of Bardet,[17] who dropped van Aert in the final kilometre. [17] At the Liège–Bastogne–Liège, Bardet finished 3rd after losing the 2nd place sprint to Michael Woods. It was the frenchmans first podium ever at a monument. When riding the Critérium du Dauphiné, Bardet never challenged for the overall win and only entered the top 3 inside the last two days.

When he arrived at the start of the Tour de France, Bardet had a troubled first week with mechanicals and punctures.[18] He lost time on multiple occasions during the first week and was almost two minutes behind when they started the 10th stage. On stage 12 to L'Alpe d'Huez, Bardet attacked and rode away from the other contenders. He was later joined by Chris Froome, Geraint Thomas and Tom Dumoulin, but decided to test the contenders with numerous of accelerations. He ended the stage in 3rd place and rose to 6th place in the general classification.[19] With Bardet only being 8th in the general classification before stage 19, he and several other contenders attacked on the Col du Tourmalet with almost 100 kilometers to the finish line.[20] Despite being caught on the last climb, Bardet finished 3rd in the sprint to the finish line. On the decisive Time trial he advanced to 6th place overall. In September, Bardet finished 2nd in the UCI Road World Championships, after having attacked with Alejandro Valverde (Spain) and Michael Woods (Canada). The group was later joined by Tom Dumoulin (Netherlands) inside the last kilometers. Alejandro Valverde started the sprint with almost 200 meters to the finish line but Bardet never looked like a serious challenge and had to settle with 2nd place.[21]

Personal life[edit]

Bardet lives in Clermont-Ferrand.[22] Alongside his professional cycling career, he began business studies in 2011, in the Grande École program adapted to high-level athletes in Grenoble School of Management.[23]

Career achievements[edit]

Major results[edit]

2009
5th Overall Tour des Pays de Savoie
2010
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
2011
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
4th Overall Ronde de l'Isard
6th Overall Giro del Friuli
9th Gran Premio Palio del Recioto
2012
5th Overall Tour of Turkey
2013
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Tour de l'Ain
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
3rd Les Boucles du Sud Ardèche
4th Overall Route du Sud
5th Overall Tour of Beijing
1st Jersey white.svg Young rider classification
7th Overall Étoile de Bessèges
2014
1st La Drôme Classic
1st Jersey white.svg 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 Jersey white.svg after Stages 10–15
Jersey red number.svg Combativity award Stage 17
10th Grand Prix d'Ouverture La Marseillaise
10th Paris–Camembert
10th Liège–Bastogne–Liège
2015
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
Jersey red number.svg Combativity award Stage 18 & Overall
Held Jersey polkadot.svg after Stage 19
2016
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 UCI World Tour
8th La Drôme Classic
9th Overall Paris–Nice
9th Milano–Torino
2017
3rd Overall Tour de France
1st Stage 12
6th Overall Critérium du Dauphiné
6th Liège–Bastogne–Liège
10th Overall Volta a Catalunya
Jersey green number.svg Combativity award Stage 11 Vuelta a España
2018
1st Classic Sud-Ardèche
2nd Silver medal blank.svg Road race, UCI Road World Championships
2nd Strade Bianche
2nd Tour du Finistère
2nd Giro della Toscana
3rd Overall Critérium du Dauphiné
3rd Liège–Bastogne–Liège
6th Overall Tour de France
6th Giro dell'Emilia
8th Overall Deutschland Tour
8th La Drôme Classic
8th Grand Prix d'Ouverture La Marseillaise
9th La Flèche Wallonne

General classification results timeline[edit]

Grand Tour general classification results timeline
Grand Tour 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
A pink jersey Giro d'Italia
A yellow jersey Tour de France 15 6 9 2 3 6
A red jersey Vuelta a España 17
Major stage race general classification results timeline
Race 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Jersey yellow.svg Paris–Nice 27 36 14 9 DSQ
Jersey blue.svg Tirreno–Adriatico 13
MaillotVolta.png Volta a Catalunya 40 53 4 DNF 6 10
Jersey yellow.svg Tour of the Basque Country 15 13
Jersey yellow.svg Tour de Romandie 9 27
Jersey yellow-bluebar.svg Critérium du Dauphiné 5 6 2 6 3
Jersey yellow.svg Tour de Suisse

Monuments results timeline[edit]

Monument 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Milan–San Remo 17
Tour of Flanders Did not contest during career
Paris–Roubaix
Liège–Bastogne–Liège 13 10 6 13 6 3
Giro di Lombardia 29 11 17 4

Major championships timeline[edit]

Event 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Olympic Games Time trial Not Held Not Held
Road race 24
World Championships Time trial
Road race 28 62 2
MaillotFra.PNG National Championships Time trial
Road race 74 34 37 11 10
Legend
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish
DSQ Disqualified

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

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  14. ^ "Bardet: It's going to be a big battle - Frenchman wins Tour de France stage at Peyragudes and moves closer to yellow". www.cylingnews.com. 13 July 2017.
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  18. ^ "Bardet: It's a miracle I'm still in the Tour de France | Cyclingnews.com". Cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 2018-10-07.
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  23. ^ "Révélation du Tour de France … et étudiant". grenoble-em.com. Archived from the original on 10 February 2014. Retrieved 23 July 2015.

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