Romain Bardet admits Tour of Oman Queen stage was 'a day to forget'

Romain Bardet admitted that stage five of the Tour of Oman "was a day to forget" as a crash hindered his efforts to move into the general classification lead

Romain Bardet at the 2017 Tour of Oman (Sunada)

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Romain Bardet (Ag2r La Mondiale), second to Sky's Chris Froome in the 2016 Tour de France, says that he is "not looking for excuses" even with his crash in the Tour of Oman today.

Without live television and spotty Internet coverage, information was hard to come by at the top of Green Mountain where Froome won in 2013 and 2014. When a signal became strong enough, messages trickled in over race radio that the Frenchman crashed midway the 152-kilometre stage.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.