French rider Romain Bardet says his third place at the Liege-Bastogne-Liege not only saw him claim a podium at one of his favourite races, but also underlined that he is more than just a climbing talent.
Bardet came home in third on the Classic race, with a well-timed attack putting him in a strong position for the final stretch.
"I have a great deal of admiration for this race. I really like it, and I have no regrets about how I raced," said Bardet, who rides for AG2R La Mondiale.
“I raced well, I think, more intelligently than other years, but there was a great Bob Jungels ahead of me.
“In any case, in 2018, I'm getting closer to the podium. And it proves I'm not just limited to racing as a climber."
He added, "It was easier for me to make a move. The top riders had no teammates to support them, which made the race harder to control.
“On the Saint-Nicolas, it was very hard to get rid of the others, but once past it, I tried to go for it.”
Bardet is enjoying the best season of his career thus far, with a victory in the Classic Ardeche, the second place in Strade Bianche and the Tour du Finistère, as well as solid results in the Ardennes, which are some of his best achievements.
"It makes me hungrier for what's to come in the summer," Bardet concluded.