Tour De France: Bardet Loses Half A Minute On Mur De Bretagne
Romain Bardet ( AG2R La Mondiale ) is one of the riders for whom the first week of the Tour de France is chiefly an exercise in survival before the mountains offer up opportunities the second half the race. However, on the first and only real sighting of a hill this side of the first rest day, the great French hope suffered a significant setback, losing half a minute on the Mur de Bretagne. Bardet's troubles weren't overtly a case of bad legs – though some question marks will linger – but rather of bad luck. Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) ran into Bardet's rear wheel on the approach to the two-kilometre final climb, with both riders suffering broken wheels, and the Frenchman had to complete the stage on a teammate's bike. Unlike Dumoulin, Bardet made it back to the peloton, only to drop off the back of the group when ...
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