Romain Bardet skips French national championships to focus on Tour de France preparation
Jun 20 2019 04:03 am CET

Romain Bardet skips French national championships to focus on Tour de France preparation
Romain Bardet skips French national championships to focus on Tour de France preparation
Photo of Romain Bardet by the A.S.O.

AG2R La Mondiale's Romain Bardet has taken the decision of focusing on his preparation for the Tour de France and not participate in the French national championships.

The French rider and his team have decided that in order to complete his preparation for la Grande Boucle, he will have to skip the national championships. A total of 18 riders from AG2R La Mondiale will be at the start line of the competition for the national title.

"I am very attached to French cycling and its values, but this decision has been taken in agreement with the management of the AG2R La Mondiale team and is the most rational to make in view of my preparation for the Tour de France," Bardet explained. "I understand the importance for the organizers, the directors, and the public to have the best riders of our country take part in this event.

"I am very keen and take very seriously having the chance to participate in the events on the national calendar. The most recent example is my participation this week at the Ventoux Dénivelé Challenge. So too am I always honoured and proud to wear and defend the French jersey every time that I am selected.

"Nevertheless, I have to take advantage of each day that brings me closer to the Tour de France by doing my final training sessions in the mountains. Unfortunately, the geographical distance and profile of the course for the 2019 French Championships would deprive me of these important preparation opportunities. My next racing rendezvous will be on the roads of Brussels and France starting on July 6th."




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