Bardet's 'new season' gets serious with Dauphine time trial

Romain Bardet has eased through the first three days of the Critérium du Dauphiné, which he has said marks the start of a "new season" after a disappointing start to his 2016 campaign. But after a trio of stages for the sprinters and breakaway men, where he has basked in the home support of his Auvergne region, things get serious for the AG2R La Mondiale rider on Wednesday with the stage 4 time trial.

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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.