Tour de France - Romain Bardet: "I got this time with my head rather than with my legs"
Jul 22 2017 06:29 pm CET

Tour de France - Romain Bardet:
Tour de France - Romain Bardet:
Photo of Romain Bardet by the A.S.O.

Romain Bardet remained on the podium of the Tour de France by one second after struggling to the line in Saturday's time trial.

The AG2R La Mondiale leader began the day in second place at 23 seconds from leader Chris Froome but needed almost two minutes more to finish the time trial than the Team Sky rider.

"I am done, I have given everything," Bardet told L'Equipe. "Today it really didn't go well. For a few days I haven't been feeling healthy, and now I paid. I quickly saw that I was not in the game, so I got this time with my head rather than with my legs."

Despite the disappointing time trial, Bardet successfully defended his podium spot by no more than one second. As such, Team Sky's Mikel Landa remains in fourth place.

"I did not think about that," the 26-year-old said. "I just had to get to the line as fast as possible.

"I've begun to know my body and knew that I didn't have the legs. I already began to tire after the Izoard. I was delicate. I did not feel well this morning when I woke up, but I knew that I shouldn't give up.

"I had a bit of success to keep the podium, so I'm still happy. I first thought of my team, my teammates who are ready to do anything for me. I am proud of them."



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