Bardet at the 2014 Tour de l'Ain
|Full name||Romain Bardet|
|Born||9 November 1990|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Weight||65 kg (143 lb; 10.2 st)|
|Current team||AG2R La Mondiale|
|2000–2008||Vélo Sport Brivadois|
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.
- 1 Professional career
- 2 Personal life
- 3 Career achievements
- 4 References
- 5 External links
AG2R La Mondiale (2012-present)
Bardet turned professional in 2012. 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. He also finished fifth overall in this stage race. 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.
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. 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. 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 Tour.
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. 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 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. 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).
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. 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.
Bardet missed the 2018 Vuelta a Andalucía after injuring his right arm in a domestic accident. 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, who dropped van Aert in the final kilometre.  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. 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. 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. 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.
Bardet lives in Clermont-Ferrand. 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.
- 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
- 4th Overall Ronde de l'Isard
- 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 UCI World Tour
- 8th La Drôme Classic
- 9th Overall Paris–Nice
- 9th Milano–Torino
- 3rd Overall Tour de France
- 1st Stage 12
- 6th Overall Critérium du Dauphiné
- 6th Liège–Bastogne–Liège
- 10th Overall Volta a Catalunya
- Combativity award Stage 11 Vuelta a España
- 1st Classic Sud-Ardèche
- 2nd 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
|Grand Tour general classification results timeline|
|Tour de France||—||15||6||9||2||3||6|
|Vuelta a España||—||—||—||—||—||17||—|
|Major stage race general classification results timeline|
|Volta a Catalunya||40||53||4||DNF||6||10||—|
|Tour of the Basque Country||—||—||—||—||—||15||13|
|Tour de Romandie||—||—||—||9||27||—||—|
|Critérium du Dauphiné||—||—||5||6||2||6||3|
|Tour de Suisse||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
Monuments results timeline
|Tour of Flanders||Did not contest during career|
|Giro di Lombardia||29||—||11||17||4||—|
Major championships timeline
|Olympic Games||Time trial||—||Not Held||—||Not Held|
|World Championships||Time trial||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|National Championships||Time trial||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|—||Did not compete|
|DNF||Did not finish|
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