Tour de France: Fatigue catches up with Bardet in Mende

The climb of the Côte de la Croix Neuve above Mende has not been kind to Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) at the Tour de France. Three years ago, he frittered away the chance of stage victory after engaging in a game of cat and mouse with rival Thibaut Pinot that allowed Steve Cummings to swoop past and sweep away the spoils on a day when French president François Hollande was in attendance.

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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.