Romain Bardet: 'I have no regrets... I gave so much I thought I couldn't breathe after the finish'

The Frenchman tried his best to distance Tour de France leader Chris Froome on the Col d'Izoard, but was unable to drop the defending champion

Romain Bardet's face is a picture of despair after failing to distance Chris Froome on stage 18. He'd eventually hold on to a podium place by just one second.

(Image credit: ASO/Alex Broadway)

Romain Bardet (Ag2r La Mondiale) ends the Tour de France's final mountain day with "no regrets" after having tried to break Chris Froome's grip on the yellow jersey with two Col d’Izoard attacks on stage 18.

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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.