Bardet: We can't be satisfied with second place

Romain Bardet stepped up to defend France's honour after Julian Alaphilippe faltered on the final steep climb of Höttinger Höll in the UCI Road World Championships elite men's road race, but the AG2R La Mondiale rider could only watch as Alejandro Valverde lead out the sprint and finally won the world title. Bardet got the better of Michael Woods (Canada) to take the silver medal but it was of little consolation with the rainbow jersey within his grasp but just out of reach.

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Stephen Farrand
Head of News

Stephen is the most experienced member of the Cyclingnews team, having reported on professional cycling since 1994. He has been Head of News at Cyclingnews since 2022, before which he held the position of European editor since 2012 and previously worked for Reuters, Shift Active Media, and CyclingWeekly, among other publications.