Here we are: fifteen stages down at the 2022 Tour de France , with six to go, and no rider from the home nation has crossed the finish line victorious yet.
Aside from Warren Barguil’s stage 11 solo which ended halfway up the Col du Granon, and Benjamin Thomas’s breakaway bid into Carcassonne, they haven’t really looked like winning a stage, either.
Can you even recall France’s stage podium finishes without cheating? They’re not very memorable, so I’ll tell you: Christophe Laporte, third on stage 4. David Gaudu, third on stage 6. Bardet, third on stage 12. Thibaut Pinot, third on stage 14.
However, this situation is nothing new. In 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2016, it was the same scenario on the race’s final rest day.
There has been a Tour de France without a French stage win too, but you have to go back to the last century and the 1999 edition for that.
While one barren Tour would not make for a French cycling crisis, the lack of glory was a hot topic in rest day press conferences among the race’s leading French riders.“Unfortunately, I’m not really surprised,” Romain Bardet, who sits fourth overall, said. “It’s the very highest level of pro cycling here, and when you put all the top riders in a category together, it’s difficult to win a stage.”“Myself and David Gaudu are a bit in the same position; we are fifth or sixth best in the mountains, but not the very best.”Here’s our look at […]