Romain Bardet believes a French Tour de France winner is near

Bardet says this year's Tour route is ideal for his abilities

Romain Bardet in his Legende helmet at the end of stage 11. Photo Sunada

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Frenchman Romain Bardet (Ag2r La Mondiale) believes that he can finally end the drought in the Tour de France for his home country.

Bardet, 28, has placed second and third already. He believes around the corner is a win, which would end the long 34-year gap since France's last winner, Bernard Hinault in 1985.

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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.