Romain Bardet apologizes to Chris Froome on behalf of fans
Jul 17 2017 05:52 pm CET

Romain Bardet apologizes to Chris Froome on behalf of fans
Romain Bardet apologizes to Chris Froome on behalf of fans
Photo of Romain Bardet by the A.S.O.

French rider Romain Bardet has apologized on behalf of the fans for the booing of Chris Froome during the 15th stage of the Tour de France on Sunday.

The stage went through Bardet's home region and Froome, the Frenchman's key rival for victory at this Tour, received significant abuse from fans as he tried to limit the damage after a mechanical on the only serious climb of the day.

"I heard that Froome received some abuse during the stage. I would like to apologize on behalf of the fans," Bardet said on the second rest day.

"Froome is a champion and deserves respect. He is my rival but I respect him. He doesn't deserve this kind of treatment."

This year's Tour de France is one of the closest editions in recent years, with Bardet occupying third place at 23 seconds from race leader Froome.

"We have to pick our key moments, wait for our opportunity and play the game well," the 26-year-old said.

"I am particularly focused on the Alpine stages. I will treat them as two classics and I don't want to calculate too much. Everything is close together, I am very aware of that. The team is working well and I feel good. I am stronger than last year," Bardet concluded.




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