Déjà-vu for Bardet as Ineos roll out mountain train at Giro d'Italia

BLOCKHAUS ITALY MAY 15 Romain Bardet of France and Team DSM competes in the breakaway during the 105th Giro dItalia 2022 Stage 9 a 191km stage from Isernia to Blockhaus 1664m Giro WorldTour on May 15 2022 in Blockhaus Italy Photo by Michael SteeleGetty Images
Romain Bardet (Team DSM) at the Giro d'Italia (Image credit: Getty Images)

Romain Bardet (Team DSM) admitted to feeling a sense of déjà-vu at the Giro d’Italia. On the Blockhaus on Sunday as on Mount Etna earlier in the week, he set up shop behind Richard Carapaz watched Ineos Grenadiers riders pull off in front, one-by-one. 

"It really looks like we’re back in the days of 2016, 2017 and 2018," Bardet noted during a rest-day press conference.

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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.