Ventoux Dénivelé Challenges : Romain Bardet 2nd

ROMAIN BARDET : “I’m disappointed”

“I’m disappointed because I came here to go for the win. The team did a great job. The goal was to test myself on the last climb. Once we reached the Chalet Reynard, the issue was both tactical and physical. I was up against Jesus Herrada, who was more explosive than me. The last climb did not go exactly as I wanted. I have been suffering for three days because of the bad weather we faced at the Critérium du Dauphiné. That didn’t help at all, but I’m not looking for excuses. Herrada was just very strong. It’s a shame because it’s a great race.”ROMAIN BARDET

THE NUMBER

9

Tony Gallopin, who did a ton of work on the climb up Ventoux, took ninth place. "I'm happy with my race back after my break," he said.