Romain Bardet: This is the highest-level Tour de France of my career

AG2R's Romain Bardet rode strongly on both Pyrenean stages at the 2020 Tour de France
AG2R La Mondiale's Romain Bardet had strong rides on both Pyrenean stages and is 4th on GC (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

In the modern Tour de France, as Romain Bardet knows only too well, half a minute can seem like an eternity. The AG2R La Mondiale rider reached the first rest day in fourth place overall and just 30 seconds off the overall lead, but he downplayed his chances of divesting Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) of the yellow jersey in the coming days.

“Thirty seconds, that’s enormous,” Bardet told reporters in a Zoom call on Monday afternoon. “Other than a miracle, taking back thirty seconds on Roglič…”

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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.