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 name Romain Bardet
Born (1990-11-09) 9 November 1990 (age 26)
Brioude, France
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 65 kg (143 lb; 10.2 st)
Team information
Current team AG2R La Mondiale
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type Climber
Professional team(s)
2012– Ag2r–La Mondiale
Major wins

Grand Tours

Tour de France
2 individual stages (2015, 2016)
Combativity award (2015)

Romain Bardet (born 9 November 1990) is a professional French racing cyclist, currently riding for AG2R La Mondiale.

Professional career[edit]


Bardet at the 2013 Tour de France

Bardet turned professional in 2012.[1] 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.[2] He also finished fifth overall in this stage race.[3]

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.[4]

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.[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 2015 Tour de France


Bardet on his way to winning Stage 19 of the 2016 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).[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 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.[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(2014), Jean-Christophe Péraud(2014), Richard Virenque(1996, 1997), Laurent Fignon(1989) and Jean-François Bernard(1987).[11]

Bardet was selected to represent France at the 2016 Summer Olympics in the individual road race. He finished the road race in 24th position.

Personal life[edit]

Bardet lives in Clermont-Ferrand.[12] 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.[13] 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.[citation needed]

Career achievements[edit]

Major results[edit]

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 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
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
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
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[edit]

Grand Tour general classification results timeline
Grand Tour 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
A pink jersey Giro d'Italia
A yellow jersey Tour de France 15 6 9 2
A red jersey Vuelta a España
Major stage race general classification results timeline
Race 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Jersey yellow.svg Paris–Nice 27 36 14 9 DNQ
Jersey blue.svg Tirreno–Adriatico
MaillotVolta.png Volta a Catalunya 40 53 4 DNF 6 10
Jersey yellow.svg Tour of the Basque Country
Jersey yellow.svg Tour de Romandie 9 27
Jersey yellow-bluebar.svg Critérium du Dauphiné 5 6 2
Jersey yellow.svg Tour de Suisse
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish
DNQ Disqualified


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