Romain Bardet Discussion Thread

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Alexandre B. said:
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According to this article (fr), the bulk of his 2018 season should look like this: http://www.lemonde.fr/cyclisme/article/2017/11/15/cyclisme-pour-romain-bardet-le-tour-2018-passera-par-l-italie_5214960_1616656.html?utm_term=Autofeed&utm_campaign=Echobox&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Twitter#link_time=1510727306

Ruta del Sol/Tour d'Oman
Strade Bianche
Paris-Nice/Tirreno-Adriatico
Vuelta a Pais Vasco
Liège-Bastogne-Liège
Critérium du Dauphiné
Tour de France
World Championships
It will be Ruta del Sol and Tirreno-Adriatico, then.
probably will not start Ruta del Sol following an accident at his home on Sunday. He suffered a cut, and a small muscle injury on his left forearm that required stitches, and for which he must wear a splint for two weeks,
 
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Velolover2 said:
It's funny I actually think he WILL finish 9th just like Pinot.

Obviously he wouldn't beat Kwiatkowski but a top 10 is possible. If Andy Schleck can do it, so can Bardet.
For a first time, a top-10 is great. It will depend on how the race unfolds...but Romain has a shot. If it's a small group affair, he has a kick, probably won't win, but get a great result, another nice feather on his hat.
 
To win he'd have to come to the finish alone. He can't sprint with the guys who are most likely going to be in that final selection. Kwaitkowski, Stybar, Sagan, Valverde (as long as the travel didn't exhaust him), Gilbert, Van Avermaet, Sagan.
 
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Koronin said:
To win he'd have to come to the finish alone. He can't sprint with the guys who are most likely going to be in that final selection. Kwaitkowski, Stybar, Sagan, Valverde (as long as the travel didn't exhaust him), Gilbert, Van Avermaet, Sagan.
Romain Bardet can't ITT. can't sprint, nothing new here. But the finish is tricky and he's explosive. If Sagan is in the mix, Bardet can take advantage of the wheel sucking and the fear f Sagan. That is if he can make it that far. We'll see. Bardet isn't a favorite, but he can and hopefully be in the mix.
 
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Tonton said:
Koronin said:
To win he'd have to come to the finish alone. He can't sprint with the guys who are most likely going to be in that final selection. Kwaitkowski, Stybar, Sagan, Valverde (as long as the travel didn't exhaust him), Gilbert, Van Avermaet, Sagan.
Romain Bardet can't ITT. can't sprint, nothing new here. But the finish is tricky and he's explosive. If Sagan is in the mix, Bardet can take advantage of the wheel sucking and the fear f Sagan. That is if he can make it that far. We'll see. Bardet isn't a favorite, but he can and hopefully be in the mix.

True and his descending skills don't help him here. I agree if he's in the final selection that will be a victory in a way for him.
 
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Alexandre B. said:
Romain is going to win Strade Bianche, that's obvious :p
I was joking, of course, but he almost made it.

I'm proud of what he did. 1st or 2nd doesn't matter, what I saw today was perhaps his best display ever. I will fondly remember the sequence where he bridged to the world class front group by himself and attacked immediately to create a decisive gap for the podium. He made the race, showed he was strong physically and tactically astute.

A real racer.

I hope this will help him be less afraid to attack in Liège-Bastogne-Liège, his favorite race. It's what he has to do if he wants to drop stronger finishers like Valverde and Alaphilippe. He can do it.

He can definitely win a stage in the upcoming Tirreno.
 
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Alexandre B. said:
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Romain is going to win Strade Bianche, that's obvious :p
I was joking, of course, but he almost made it.

I'm proud of what he did. 1st or 2nd doesn't matter, what I saw today was perhaps his best display ever. I will fondly remember the sequence where he bridged to the world class front group by himself and attacked immediately to create a decisive gap for the podium. He made the race, showed he was strong physically and tactically astute.

A real racer.

I hope this will help him be less afraid to attack in Liège-Bastogne-Liège, his favorite race. It's what he has to do if he wants to drop stronger finishers like Valverde and Alaphilippe. He can do it.

He can definitely win a stage in the upcoming Tirreno.
His style, his attitude makes him outperform in epic condition.
May be he is not strong in term of physical. But his mind helped.
 
Bardet is such a great rider. I fear he may end up though as one of those unlucky guys who just don't have a big race suited to his strengths, because he doesn't have the one weapon needed to distance the field and stay away in a classic, and will always struggle with TTing in GTs. If he could work on improving his rouleur skills just a bit though then he could become dominant in the post Nibali-Valverde era. He's such a fine all round athlete, and very stylish on the bike.
 
I did say to get on the podium he had to get away from the group who could out sprint him. Now at the Ardennes he will have to deal with an actually fully rested Valverde who didn't just have a major travel debacle and try to race on not a lot of rest or sleep.
 
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Koronin said:
I did say to get on the podium he had to get away from the group who could out sprint him. Now at the Ardennes he will have to deal with an actually fully rested Valverde who didn't just have a major travel debacle and try to race on not a lot of rest or sleep.
Oh my, enough about the flight and driving debacle...I'm reading about it on every thread. :p
He easily could have still placed 4th with 10 hours of sleeping.


I'm also glad to see Bardet performing well. He's got a great fighting spirit and it's making me more of a fan. In Liege he can definitely be an equal favorite with the other big names.
 
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clearly the best french racer since jalabert. hats off for him. he just need to improve his horrible time trial
 
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Tour of Flanders may be good for him also.
He could drop big classics riders on steepest hill and left Naesen to match big guns.
 

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