Romain Bardet Discussion Thread

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No issue with Bardet joining Sunweb - Apparently he is very structured and methodical in his training which will fit in with the ethos at Sunweb. And Sunweb have a vacancy for a GT GC leader.
If it makes him happy, I only wish him well.
It's just that to me Sunweb have started to look not only structured and methodical, but seriously controlling.
 
I just don't see what the hell AG2R is without Bardet tbh.
I know this means very little because Bardet was still making top 10's, winning the polka dot jersey, and giving them exposure, but without Bardet they will still have as many victories as ever. Over the last couple years he hasn't won that much. Again, I know that is NOT the whole story.
 
I have never been a big fan of him or anything, but is Bardet possibly the most underrated rider in today's peloton? 2 Tour podiums, Liege podium, WC podium yet we tend to always forget about him. Contrast him for example to Pinot and Landa, two guys who do not have much better results than him (and riders I like!). Yes he might not be GT winning material, but still what an excellent rider he is after all.
 
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Out of the race, concussion:

Oh no! Damn, I really wish there was something like a concussion protocol... Anyway, thanks for the info, Finn. Get well soon, Romain.
 
Yeah he seemed really dodgy just after his crash. Really bad for him. Hope he'll be alright. Concussions are no joke.
When I saw those images after the stage I suspected right away he was concussed. Hand to the head, tries to get up and falls down again, hand to the head again. We've seen it before, IMO poor form by the team and race doctor to allow him to finish the stage.
 
When I saw those images after the stage I suspected right away he was concussed. Hand to the head, tries to get up and falls down again, hand to the head again. We've seen it before, IMO poor form by the team and race doctor to allow him to finish the stage.
Absolutely. But also impressed how well he finished. Makes me wonder what he could have done without this damn crash. Maybe top 5?
 
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When I saw those images after the stage I suspected right away he was concussed. Hand to the head, tries to get up and falls down again, hand to the head again. We've seen it before, IMO poor form by the team and race doctor to allow him to finish the stage.
exactly, he should have been stopped. Of course he wants to get back on the bike, the team and race organisation should know better
 
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One of those cases where I remember those scary incidents like Horner not even knowing he'd finished that Tour stage, or Skujins staggering around during that ToC stage.
That Skujins incident was horrific; I remember Twitter going mad that he wasn't stopped from getting back on his bike; it looked awful; like a drunk staggering out of a pub.

It's not hard/clever/tough getting back on the bike - it's quite often stupid when injured. Cycling sometimes needs to forget the tradition of 'honouring the race/jersey', etc when injured. Quite how the team and/or doctors thought he was okay is madness.
 
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