Romain Bardet: No one will be calm ahead of the cobbled stage
Oct 17 2017 09:07 pm CET

Romain Bardet: No one will be calm ahead of the cobbled stage
Romain Bardet: No one will be calm ahead of the cobbled stage
Photo of Romain Bardet by www.tdwsport.com

AG2R La Mondiale's Romain Bardet is positive about the route of the 2018 Tour de France.

Just before the announcement of the route, the Frenchman was expecting diversity of terrains to put everybody to the test. After the presentation of the route, the rider still has high hopes for the race.

"I am delighted with this Tour which looks pretty well balanced, and offers a wide variety of terrains to exploit," he said. "The team time trial will put the composition of the team at the forefront."

The course will have cobbles, a team time trial and explosive mountain stages, which have the potential to leave each contender on his own. "In that short stage of just over 60 kilometres, the leaders will be sparring with each other," he commented. "There will also be a lot of potential pitfalls.

"No one will be really calm the morning of the stage with the cobbles, and several stages promise to be very exposed to the wind. In the last week, the big climbing days will play a very important role. One day we’ll be doing more than 5000 meters and another day nearly 4000. I like these marathon stages, they are what make the legend of the Tour de France."




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