Tuesday July 22nd, 2014

Stage 16Carcassonne / Bagnères-de-Luchon

Start 11h00 (Local time)

Romain Bardet: "I lost a battle"

interview22.07.2014Stage 16- Carcassonne / Bagnères-de-Luchon

Left 1:50 behind Thibaut Pinot in Bagneres-de-Luchon, Romain Bardet is now 5th overall, 6:40 behind Vincenzo Nibali and 1:34 behind Pinot.

"I was fine during most of the stage and I cracked in the last climb. I was too euphoric at the bottom and I faltered in the ascent. You must learn to manage your hard times. I want to thank the whole of the AG2R team for helping me to not panic because mentally, it was very hard. Samuel Dumoulin waited for me, we managed to limit the damage in the descent. When your idea was to attack it's very difficult to take.  Even if I lost a battle, there are still two great stages in the Pyrenees. I might have a little bit more freedom for tomorrow's stage which suits me well. I hope I have better legs than today. I think that Jean-Christophe (Peraud) can make it on the podium this year. We're going to discuss it with the technical staff but it's a true possibility."

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