Bardet: There's still some form to gain before the Tour de France

Romain Bardet attacks with Adam Yates on his wheel

Romain Bardet said his ride at the Critérium du Dauphiné was something of a crescendo, and his place on the podium will once again ensure that French expectations grow between now and the Tour de France depart on July 7. The Frenchman has finished on the podium of the past two editions of the Tour de France, emerging as the great hope to end France's 33-year wait for a home winner. Though he has yet to win a major stage race – the 2013 Tour de l'Ain being his only victory – Bardet has always fared well at the Dauphiné, with sixth place being his lowest finish across five participations. On Sunday he sealed a second podium place after a strong showing in the mountains, though Geraint Thomas proved unshakeable in the yellow jersey and Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) skipped clear to win the final stage and cement second place. "The ...

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