Tour de France - Romain Bardet: It’s not the first year that there are big expectations from French people
Jul 05 2019 03:17 am CET

Tour de France - Romain Bardet: It’s not the first year that there are big expectations from French people
Tour de France - Romain Bardet: It’s not the first year that there are big expectations from French people
Photo of Romain Bardet by the A.S.O.

AG2R La Mondiale's Romain Bardet will captain the team in the Tour de France and he is ready to face the challenges of the grand tour.

The Frenchman has taken three stage victories in the race and finished in the third position in 2017. Although his season so far hasn't shown individual successes -his best result is the second position in the Mont Ventoux Denivele Challenge- he believes he is ready for the grand tour of his home country.

"The first part of the season hasn’t been up to my expectations," said the rider in a press conference in Brussels, where the race will start on the 6th of July. "But I’ve worked all year with the team to have a good Tour de France. I hope for consistency and perseverance to pay off over three weeks. There will be the hardest third week I’ve ever seen at the Tour de France.

"My focus is on the long and hard climbs where we can foresee some big gaps. My teammates will go in the breakaways to serve my ambitions. It’s not the first year that there are big expectations from French people for a French rider to win. It’s been a long wait since Bernard Hinault. But this year, the pressure is not only on my shoulders and it’s good for French people to have guys to support along the road. We’re thrilled."




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