Bardet working on time trial weaknesses ahead of Tour de France

Romain Bardet cut a disconsolate figure in Marseille at the end of last year’s Tour de France. He’d previously dismissed pressure to improve on his time trialling, arguing he didn’t want to jeopardise his natural qualities as a climber, but his fall from second to third place on the final podium – and almost off it entirely – forced him to admit he needed to put in some serious hours in the wind tunnel.

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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.