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Romain Bardet brings cheer for France

Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne: Romain Bardet helped salvage some host pride with victory on the 18th stage of the Tour de France yesterday.

Romain Bardet
Romain Bardet 

The 24-year-old took off on his own with just under 40km remaining of the 186.5km stage from Gap to Saint Jean de Maurienne to take victory — his first on the Tour — 33sec ahead of compatriot Pierre Rolland. "What a crazy stage," exclaimed Bardet on a day which saw Chris Froome maintain his overall lead.

"I knew with my descending talents I could get the gap. I can't believe it — it's so hard to win a stage." Bardet's victory took him past Warren Barguil into 10th place.

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