Romain Bardet: I hope we won't be biting our fingers in Paris
Jul 15 2017 01:35 am CET

Romain Bardet: I hope we won't be biting our fingers in Paris

AG2R La Mondiale leader Romain Bardet believes that it is a shame that riders are calculating so carefully in the second week of the Tour de France and hopes it won't cost him in Paris.

Bardet, third in the General Classification at 25 seconds from race leader Fabio Aru, finished safely in the group of favorites in Friday's 13th stage and never really appeared to be in trouble.

"It was a very tactical stage, more than physically challenging, and there were a lot guys marking each other, especially the guys high up on the GC," Bardet said about the rather explosive day.

While the key players for the General Classification kept their eyes on each other, Mikel Landa, Nairo Quintana and Alberto Contador gained time in the standings thanks to a successful attack.

"It’s a shame that there is so much careful calculating going on in the middle of the second week," Bardet said. There is still a lot of the race to go, and we opened the door again to riders that we had already managed to distance, so I hope we won’t be biting our fingers in Paris.

"Personally, I felt very good, but it will be difficult to find any freedom now. And besides that, this final was not conducive to attacks. I just had to follow all day.

"It was a great race with real champions like Quintana and Contador, who have had their pride hurt a little these last few days. So they fought to come back into the game, as well as Landa, who is going to be very dangerous now. Behind, there was a lot of marking going on. It is a bit of a shame, but it should make the race even more exciting."
Photo of Romain Bardet (cropped) by AG2R La Mondiale