Romain Bardet: I never felt comfortable being the focal point at AG2R

Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) at the 2020 Tour de France
Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) at the 2020 Tour de France (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Normally at the start of December, Romain Bardet will not long have returned from AG2R La Mondiale’s annual team-building camp in the French Alps. The activities have changed each year - cross-country skiing, curling, wine tasting - but one thing hasn’t: Bardet’s status as the centre of attention.

At times, it seemed almost doting. ‘There goes Romain, what a great skier he is’. ‘Romain, your team wins the cookery competition’. 

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Patrick Fletcher

Patrick is an NCTJ-trained journalist, and former deputy editor of Cyclingnews, who has seven years’ experience covering professional cycling. He has a modern languages degree from Durham University and has been able to put it to some use in what is a multi-lingual sport, with a particular focus on French and Spanish-speaking riders. Away from cycling, Patrick spends most of his time playing or watching other forms of sport - football, tennis, trail running, darts, to name a few, but he draws the line at rugby.