Romain Bardet falls out of Tour podium picture after ‘terrible day’ in Pyrenees

Team DSM teams French rider Romain Bardet cycles in the ascent of Alpe dHuez during the 12th stage of the 109th edition of the Tour de France cycling race 1651 km between Briancon and LAlpedHuez in the French Alps on July 14 2022 Photo by AnneChristine POUJOULAT AFP Photo by ANNECHRISTINE POUJOULATAFP via Getty Images
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Romain Bardet has raced enough Tours de France to know that the climbs unveiled at the presentation in October aren’t necessarily the ones faced the following July. These mountains may be as old as time, but they change according to the circumstances.

In 2017, Bardet scaled the Mur de Péguère frustrated by the heavy marking and lack of collaboration in the yellow jersey group, but still resolutely in the hunt for final overall victory at the Tour de France. On Tuesday, the Team DSM rider was the first of the GC men to lose contact with the groupe maillot jaune on an afternoon of sweltering heat, and by the time he forlornly crested the summit, his podium challenge was already over.

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Barry Ryan
Head of Features

Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation, published by Gill Books.