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 30)
Brioude, France
Height1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)[1]
Weight65 kg (143 lb; 10 st 3 lb)[1]
Team information
Current teamAG2R La Mondiale
Rider typeClimber
Amateur teams
2000–2008Vélo Sport Brivadois
2009CR4C Roanne
2010–2011Chambéry CF
Professional team
2012–2020Ag2r–La Mondiale
Major wins
Grand Tours
Tour de France
Mountains classification (2019)
3 individual stages (2015, 2016, 2017)
Combativity award (2015)

Romain Bardet (born 9 November 1990) is a professional French racing cyclist, who currently rides for UCI WorldTeam AG2R La Mondiale.[2] 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 have come on home soil. He has won three stages in the Tour de France in three separate years running from 2015 to 2017. He came in the top 10 of the Tour de France five years in a row and finished on the podium twice, second overall in 2016 and third overall in 2017. He has also worn the Young rider classification jersey, and won the Mountains classification jersey in 2019 as well as the overall Combativity Award in 2015.

For the 2021 season, Bardet will join Team Sunweb on a two-year contract.[3]

Professional career[edit]

AG2R La Mondiale (2012–2020)[edit]


Bardet turned professional in 2012.[4] 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.[5] He also finished fifth overall in the race.[6]

Bardet at the 2013 Tour de France

The following season, Bardet rode his first Tour de France and took his first professional victory at the Tour de l'Ain.

His next victory came the following year when he won La Drôme Classic, his first single-day race win. Bardet finished 4th overall at the Volta a Catalunya and also rode his first Critérium du Dauphiné where he finished 5th overall. Going into the Tour de France, Bardet was team leader together with Jean-Christophe Péraud. Bardet climbed 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 Péraud finished 2nd overall. Thibaut Pinot ( took the win in the white jersey standings, in front of Bardet in 2nd place.


After a spring campaign which included a 6th place at Liège–Bastogne–Liège and 9th overall at the Tour de Romandie, Bardet was regarded as one of the outsiders for a podium spot in the Tour de France. In his final stage race before the Tour, the Critérium du Dauphiné, Bardet went on the 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 ahead of second-placed Tejay van Garderen.[7] He went on to finish 6th overall at the race.

At the Tour de France, Bardet lost time in the crosswinds in the Netherlands and the team time trial in the first week. When the mountains finally arrived, Bardet lost even more time and with almost half of the race done, out of general classification contention. On the last day in the Pyrenees, he went into the breakaway and finished third 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 for his first Tour de France stage victory.[8] The next day, he claimed the polka dot jersey for the first time, after finishing fifth in Stage 19, another mountain stage.[9] 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.


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.[10] 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.[11] Bardet finished second overall in the Critérium du Dauphiné final general classification, 12 seconds behind Froome.[12]

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; ultimately, he was the 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,[13] becoming the sixth Frenchman to finish in the top three in the final general classification over the previous 30 editions; the other five were Pinot and Jean-Christophe Péraud (both 2014), Richard Virenque (1996, 1997), Laurent Fignon (1989) and Jean-François Bernard (1987).[14]

Bardet was selected to represent France at the Summer Olympics in the individual road race, finishing 24th.


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

After crashing on stage 1 of Paris–Nice, Bardet was thrown out of the race after he had been towed by his team car.[15] Bardet won stage 12 of the Tour de France, with an acceleration near the finishing line in Peyragudes in the French Pyrenees, going clear with less than 500 metres (1,600 feet) to go to take his third stage win in as many years.[16][17] Bardet struggled throughout the penultimate stage, a 22.5-kilometre (14.0-mile) individual time trial, that started and finished in Marseille; he finished in 52nd position, 2 minutes 3 seconds behind its winner Maciej Bodnar.[18] Bardet dropped from second to third in the general classification going into the final stage, with a one-second lead over fourth-placed Mikel Landa. Bardet managed to hold on to his advantage, completing the podium behind Chris Froome and Rigoberto Urán.


Bardet missed the Vuelta a Andalucía after injuring his right arm in a domestic accident.[19] 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 led the race for much of the final 40 kilometres (25 miles) 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,[20] who dropped van Aert in the final kilometre.[20] At Liège–Bastogne–Liège, Bardet finished 3rd – his first podium at a Cycling monument – after losing the 2nd place sprint to Michael Woods. 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.[21] 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 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 accelerations. He ended the stage in 3rd place and rose to 6th place in the general classification.[22] 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 kilometres (62 miles) to the finish line.[23] Despite being caught on the last climb, Bardet finished 3rd in the sprint to the finish line. On the decisive individual time trial he advanced to 6th place overall.

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

In September, Bardet finished 2nd in the road race at the UCI Road World Championships, after having attacked with Alejandro Valverde (Spain) and Canada's Woods. The group was later joined by Tom Dumoulin (Netherlands) inside the last kilometres. Valverde started the sprint with almost 200 metres (660 feet) to the finish line but Bardet never looked like a serious challenge and had to settle with 2nd place.[24]

Personal life[edit]

Bardet lives in Clermont-Ferrand.[25] 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.[26]

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 UCI Under 23 Nations' Cup
4th Overall Ronde de l'Isard
6th Overall Giro del Friuli-Venezia Giulia
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
Jersey red number.svg Combativity award Stage 9 Tour de France
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 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
Jersey green number.svg Combativity award Stage 11 Vuelta a España
1st Classic de l'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 La Marseillaise
9th La Flèche Wallonne
1st Jersey polkadot.svg Mountains classification Tour de France
2nd Overall Tour du Haut Var
2nd Mont Ventoux Dénivelé Challenge
4th Classic Sud-Ardèche
5th Overall Paris–Nice
7th La Drôme Classic
9th Amstel Gold Race
10th Overall Critérium du Dauphiné
2nd Overall Tour des Alpes-Maritimes et du Var
6th Overall Critérium du Dauphiné
7th Paris–Tours
8th Overall Route d'Occitanie

General classification results timeline[edit]

Grand Tour general classification results
Grand Tour 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
A pink jersey Giro d'Italia Has not contested during his career
A yellow jersey Tour de France 15 6 9 2 3 6 15 DNF
A red jersey Vuelta a España 17
Major stage race general classification results
Race 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Jersey yellow.svg Paris–Nice 27 36 14 9 DSQ 5 19
Jersey blue.svg Tirreno–Adriatico 13
MaillotVolta.png Volta a Catalunya 40 4 DNF 6 10 DNF NH
Jersey yellow.svg Tour of the Basque Country 53 15 13
Jersey yellow.svg Tour de Romandie 9 27
Jersey yellow-bluebar.svg Critérium du Dauphiné 5 6 2 6 3 10 6
Jersey yellow.svg Tour de Suisse Has not contested during his career NH

Classics results timeline[edit]

Monument 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Milan–San Remo 17 50
Tour of Flanders 25
Paris–Roubaix Has not contested during his career NH
Liège–Bastogne–Liège 13 10 6 13 6 3 21
Giro di Lombardia 29 11 17 4 DNF
Classic 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Strade Bianche 2
Brabantse Pijl 20 27
Amstel Gold Race 25 48 33 9 NH
La Flèche Wallonne 29 111 35 13 9 13
Clásica de San Sebastián 33 20 18 84 NH
Grand Prix Cycliste de Quebec 56 107 24 35 22
Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal 22 16 5 7 20
Milano–Torino 43 11 9
Paris–Tours 7

Major championships timeline[edit]

Event 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Olympic Games Road race Not Held 24 Not Held
World Championships Road race 28 62 2
MaillotFra.PNG National Championships Road race 74 34 37 11 10 10
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish
DSQ Disqualified



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