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Sport Bardet's immediate racing future in doubt following Route d'Occitanie crash

06:40  05 august  2020
06:40  05 august  2020 Source:   cyclingnews.com

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Following an emotional tribute to Nicolas Portal at the start of the stage in Lectoure, it took three-quarters of an hour for the break to form, with several previous efforts reeled in before a group of 11 managed to get Bardet ' s immediate racing future in doubt following Route d ' Occitanie crash .

Toulouse (France) (AFP) - Tour de France champion Egan Bernal secured overall victory in the Route d ' Occitanie on Tuesday, underlining his strength ahead of cycling' s most prestigious race which starts later this month. It was an emotional day for Bernal' s team as late Ineos director Nico Portal' s wife and

a man riding on the back of a bicycle: Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) rode to eighth place on stage 3 of the 2020 Route d’Occitanie, despite being in pain following a crash on the opening day © Provided by Cycling News Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) rode to eighth place on stage 3 of the 2020 Route d’Occitanie, despite being in pain following a crash on the opening day

AG2R La Mondiale's Romain Bardet is set to undergo x-rays on Wednesday after struggling through the remainder of the Route d'Occitanie "in so much pain" following a crash on the opening stage on Saturday.

The French climber nevertheless finished eighth on stage 3 on Monday, 1:18 down on stage winner – and eventual overall winner – Egan Bernal (Team Ineos), and then 17th on Tuesday's fourth and final stage after working for AG2R teammate and stage winner Benoît Cosnefroy.

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  Bardet and Latour heading for AG2R exit L'Equipe reports both have made final decisions to move on from French teamThe two Frenchmen are both out of contract and have long been linked with moves away from the team where they have spent the entirety of their professional careers.

Route d ' Occitanie : Egan Bernal wins stage 3. The 35-year-old shrugged off questions about his form and recovery from his devastating crash at last La Route d ' Occitanie concludes on Tuesday with an undulating stage to Rocamadour with a steep 1.4km finishing climb making it one for the puncheurs.

Races – Results. Vuelta a España. Tour de France. Egan Bernal safely navigated the final stage to win La Route d ' Occitanie and lay down a marker ahead of the Tour de France, with Chris Froome finishing 37th. 8. Romain BARDET 17:59:19 +1:52. 9. Rafael VALLS FERRI 17:59:24 +1:57.

Despite that, Bardet told the French press on Tuesday that he's been suffering since crashing on stage 1 at the weekend, initially concerned about his left knee, but now more concerned about his left arm.

"My race stopped on the first day," Bardet told L'Equipe. "I've just been surviving since then, and don't even know whether I'm going to be able to continue racing, as I'm in so much pain.

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"I'm going to have some x-rays tomorrow [Wednesday], and just try to look after myself," he said, adding that his arm was particularly painful, and that he was having trouble even holding his handlebars.

Bardet is due to ride the one-day Mont Ventoux Dénivelé Challenges on Thursday, but his participation now seems in doubt. The following week, he's set to race at the Critérium du Dauphiné [August 12-16] – his last race before the start of the Tour de France in Nice on August 29.

"The Tour is still a few weeks away," he said, "but I don't want to risk causing any further damage before my big goals."

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