France-born cyclist Romain Bardet (AG2R LA MONDIALE) has just emerged victorious of one of the most challenging stages of the Tour de France 2015. This is actually the second win to be sealed by a France native following that of Alexis Vuillermoz in Mûr-de-Bretagne. With this victory, Bardet joins the Top 10. Most memorable about his 18th stage feat was an outstanding solo ride down the Glandon, a stage foowed by many online bet fans. Bardet was part of a 30-rider breakaway led by Pierre Rolland. However, it was Bardet who successfully crossed the finish line first right ahead of Rolland. Thanks to this new performance, Romain Bardet joins Joaquim Rodriguez and the best yellow-jersey contenders pack.
By relegating Warren Barguil (Giant – Alpecin) to 11th position, Bardet now finds himself part of the Top 10 in the overall ranking. After all, that is the only element that shook up the standing as the two Movistar cyclists, namely Nairo Quintana and Alejandro Valverde, failed to trim down their respective 3’10” and 4’09” delays behind Team Sky’s Chris Froome. At the time being, there are two other mountain stages remaining prior to the ultimate Champs-Elysées race. Though tough as those two remaining stages are, Froome has successfully proved to the whole tour that he masters the Pyrenees tracks. Indeed, the British cyclist shows no sign of slowing down facing Movistar’s. So far, Team Sky is the most favorite team rated by most sports betting fans in this Tour de France. Froome’s teammate Geraint Thomas (+ 6’34 ”) secures 4th position ahead of Movistar’s leader.