Romain Bardet says winning polka dot jersey fulfils 'dream I've had since I was a kid'

The Frenchman won the King of the Mountains classification after Egan Bernal finished fourth on stage 20 to Val Thorens

Romain Bardet on the podium after stage 21 of the Tour de France 2019 (Marco Bertorello/AFP/Getty Images)

(Image credit: AFP/Getty Images)

As Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck -Quick-Step) and Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) captured French hearts and minds at this year's Tour de France, Romain Bardet was soon a forgotten man as the Ag2r La Mondiale rider slipped down the overall classification and out of contention.

However, as Pinot abandoned the race on stage 19 through injury and Alaphilippe faltered as the race reached the high altitude climbs, Bardet secured a consolation prize, becoming the third consecutive French polka dot jersey victor, following Warren Barguil (Arkéa-Samsic) in 2017 and Alaphilippe last year.

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