After a difficult season, he needed a change of air. Romain Bardet so decided to make a cross on the Tour de France 2020 but to try the Italian loop (9-31 May). “It is clear that the Giro is a race that I really want to discover, which fascinates me.It is time for me to open perspectives on other great tours and the year 2020 is auspicious to this discovery “, announced 29-year-old Frenchman at a press conference in Vaujany (Isère), Wednesday, November 13, during the internship of his team AG2R-La Mondiale. Last year already, the French had suggested the idea of discovering the Tour of Italy before finally betting on the Tour. A bet that did not succeed him. The Great Loop was more of an ordeal for Auvergnat, who has not raced since and felt the need to take a break.
Three goals for 2020
A break that is synonymous with deadlock for the one who finished second in 2016 and third in 2017. After having participated in the last seven editions of the Tour de France, this is a first for the Frenchman. “I have never hidden my desire to participate in the Giro d'Italia to the best of my ability, with the desire to shine in. It is time to open up new horizons and the articulation of the season, with three major goals, is exciting, explained the Frenchman. It was not easy for me to give up the Tour de France, which brought me so much and which is a race that I deeply love, but it was beneficial to open a parenthesis in the beautiful story that binds me to this race. , to better come back next year. ” Romain Bardet will therefore have three goals this year: the Giro, the Games from Tokyo and Championships of the world of road cycling, announced AG2R.