Romain Bardet: Romantic, audacious, and racing for fun

Frenchman's stage win a victory for improvisation over scientific planning

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Frenchman Romain Bardet – stage winner on Friday and now second overall behind Sky's Chris Froome in the Tour de France – says his victory came not through science, but through instinct and emotion.

The 25-year-old of team AG2R La Mondiale attacked at the base of the summit finish to Le Bettex in stage 19 to claim France's first stage win in the Tour this year, and in the process gain enough time to jump from fifth place to second overall. Only one more mountain day remains today before the final flat stage in Paris on Sunday.

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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.