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TOUR DE FRANCE | Romain Bardet, chouchou dans la Loire et la Haute-Loire

Par Tifany Antkowiak, France Bleu Saint-Étienne Loire mardi 15 juillet 2014 à 15:40

Romain Bardet, maillot blanc sur le Tour de France 2014 après l'arrivée à la Planche des Belles Filles
Romain Bardet, maillot blanc sur le Tour de France 2014 après l'arrivée à la Planche des Belles Filles © Maxppp

Le co-leader d'AG2R La Mondiale, né à Brioude en Haute-Loire, réalise un très bon Tour de France pour l'instant. De quoi faire rêver ceux qui l'ont côtoyé dans la Loire et la Haute-Loire.

En 2012, il débutait sa carrière professionnelle avec AG2R La Mondiale. L'an dernier, pour son premier Tour de France, il terminait à la 15e place et premier Français. Cette année, Romain Bardet, très attendu sur la Grande Boucle, fait à nouveau parler de lui. Le co-leader de l'équipe AG2R La Mondiale est pour l'instant le Français le mieux classé au général, en 4e place. Il a décroché le maillot blanc de meilleur jeune du Tour lundi à la Planche des Belles Filles (Haute-Saône). Ces résultats n'étonnent pas les proches du coureur altiligérien mais commencent à les faire rêver, à Brioude, dans sa commune d'origine, ou encore au CR4C, le club amateur de Roanne, qui l'avait repéré en 2008.

Romain Bardet ENRO

Jeudi et vendredi pour les étapes stéphanoises du Tour de France (Bourg-en-Bresse/Saint-Étienne le 17/07 et Saint-Étienne/Chamrousse le 18/07), les supporters de Romain Bardet devraient être très nombreux tout le long du parcours. Des membres du CR4C ont prévu d'assister au départ depuis Saint-Étienne vendredi.

"Ça va Bardet!"

Le Vélo Sport Brivadois sera aussi représenté, jeudi et vendredi. C'est dans cette association que Romain Bardet a pris sa première licence, quand il avait 10 ans. Romain Bardet rend d'ailleurs visite aux jeunes de l'association plusieurs fois par an. Son parcours en tout cas a suscité de nombreuses vocations puisque l'école de cyclisme du club alti-ligérien affiche complet. Pour supporter leur "local de l'étape" jeudi et vendredi, des licenciés du VSB seront postés sur les routes de la Loire avec des pancartes où ils ont écrit : "Ça va Bardet!".

Le message amusera certainement le coureur, s'il le voit. Mais Romain Bardet tient à rester concentré sur la suite du Tour de France.

Bardet SON court

 

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