Romain Bardet, who showed sparkling form on the Giro 2022 and was in 4th place in the general classification after two weeks of racing, was forced to retire this Friday. Less than an hour after the start of the 13th stage in San Remo, the Frenchman stopped on the side of the road, livid and clutching his stomach, then got into his sporting director’s vehicle shortly afterwards. . According to his DSM team, the runner fell ill on Thursday and his condition worsened overnight, preventing him from continuing the race.
It is a terrible disappointment for Bardet, winner of the Tour of the Alps at the end of April, who came very close to a prestigious victory on Sunday at the top of the Blockhaus, and who presented himself as the number one opponent of the favorite Richard Carapaz at dawn. of the third week. This unfortunate retirement is also bad news for French cycling as a whole, which for a long time had not started the end of a grand tour with such a great chance of appearing on the final podium.
The Auvergne climber took part in his second Giro. Seventh overall last year, he rightly considered on Monday, during the first day of rest, to be among “the three best” of the peloton on the event, without getting carried away. “I experienced a lot on the big tours, great joys as well as disappointmentshe explained. Now, I just take things as they come, trying to do my best, but without worrying. » This new abandonment will undoubtedly be one of his biggest heartbreaks.