Tour de France 2022 – A reassuring knee, unchanging ambition: All is well for Romain Bardet

If we had told him on May 20 that he would be sixth in the Tour de France on the evening of stage nine, I’m not sure he would have believed us. However, this is the perfect situation in which Roman Bardet finds himself, Peloton offering himself a well-deserved second day of rest after a hard week. Overall quite conservative but still in place, the French DSM made the perfect first part of the Tour de France, without a wrong note except this fall in the eighth stage, between Dôle and Lausanne. Fall does not seem to worry him anymore.

It’s hard to bend the left leg a little bit, but once you’re on the bike it’s even better

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Sunday was a little uncomfortable and this morning was a bit steeper, so the rest comes just in time.Confirms. I have a slight difficulty bending my left leg, but once on the bike it is even better. If it stays that way, it should be fineHe fell into a major fall that notably forced his teammate Kevin Vermeerek to leave the Tour de France, so it seems the Frenchman has avoided the worst.I don’t think it’s too worryingHabs admits. But two weeks left of the raceAnd not least that the Grande Boucle has not yet come close to the mighty Alps and then passes through the Pyrenees.

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The tour has already been quite intense so far, but in terms of height and climbing it was not at all comparable to what lies aheadBardet analyzes. Wednesday (towards Granon) and Thursday (towards Alpe d’Huez) will be two very difficult phases, which will make the differenceTwo stages that match well with the qualities of the French guy from DSM, an excellent climber who loves sequence passes. Put the confidence in with his performance in the Super Planche des Belles Filles (8th place at 21” from the winner) where he lived through ordeal in 2019 (1’09`). ` Lost at the time), Bardet is currently sixth overall, 1’39” off the yellow jersey by Tadej Pujakar (UAE Team Emirates).

We’ll see in the mountains what the goals could be

Above all, the Hab is only about twenty seconds off the podium and is currently in third place by Geraint Thomas (INEOS Grenadiers). What is the ambition to find the podium in the Tour de France after five (second in 2016 and 2017)? “The plans have not changedConfirms. I didn’t say I would voluntarily let myself down. I want to keep all possible options open. We only get to the mountains and to the crucial stages. We’ll see what the goals could be at that time.Understand that Roman Bardi intends to fight as much as possible to play the general classification of the round, without trying to pressure himself, and he is right.

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