Romain Bardet blames 'leg problem' for poor showing on La Planche des Belles Filles

The Frenchman lost over a minute to Geraint Thomas on stage six of the Tour de France

Romain Bardet finishes stage six of the Tour de France 2019 (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

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Romain Bardet (Ag2r La Mondiale) has blamed a "leg problem" on his poor showing on the Tour de France 2019's first summit finish, La Planche des Belles Filles.

The Frenchman lost more than a minute to Geraint Thomas (Ineos), the highest-placed GC contender, finishing 2-53 back on stage winner Dylan Teuns (Bahrain-Merida).

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