Bardet: "I needed new challenges and fresh air"

The French cyclist won at Pico Villuercas, his second triumph of a season in which this cyclist who became the podium of the Tour is different. "


Romain Bardet is a new runner. Far is that cyclist who was twice a podium in the Tour (2nd in 2016 and 3rd in 2017) and who spent nine seasons in the Ag2r. In fact, it had not been the same for a long time since since 2018 he had not won any triumphs. "I am very grateful to everything that Ag2r gave me, I have many friends there, and it was not their fault that I needed a change, new challenges and fresh air," he now points to his 30 years and in the ranks of the German DSM ( third victory in La Vuelta after Storer's two). Since he changed his jersey, he won in the Vuelta a Burgos and now in the great Spanish one, in which he is also the new leader of the mountain.

Perhaps what has freed him was the tremendous responsibility that comes with being the French leader of a formation in his country and that he was forced to aspire to the Tour. This year he didn't even run after eight consecutive appearances. “It was time to change the calendar. I needed to run a Vuelta without having to fight for the general, but only fight in stages. Also working for colleagues, as I have done for Dainese in sprints, "he says.

His win was the second in a row for a Frenchman at La Vuelta after Sénéchal on Friday. Where there are still no stage winners is Spain, which had Dani Navarro (Burgos BH) and Jesús Herrada (Cofidis) as the most active in the break. The 38-year-old Spaniard lacked luck. “I lost my brakes and fell. What anger because he had good legs and not every day he is in that form, "he explained after going to the ground when he was leading the race. Herrada, who came second at Villuercas, also had a bittersweet taste: "I'm happy with how I've been, but with the pain of not being able to finish."

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