Romain Bardet puts an end to his season: I need to recharge physically and mentally
Aug 16 2019 08:36 pm CET

Romain Bardet puts an end to his season: I need to recharge physically and mentally
Romain Bardet puts an end to his season: I need to recharge physically and mentally
Photo of Romain Bardet by the A.S.O.

AG2R La Mondiale's Romain Bardet has taken the decision of finishing his 2019 season immediately.

Despite winning the Polka Dot Jersey at the Tour de France, the rider is not pleased with his season and has decided to take a rest for the remainder of the season. "Despite the joy of winning the polka-dot jersey as the best climber of the Tour de France, the 2019 season did not reach the goals I set for myself," the Frenchman explained.

"After a few days of personal reflection and discussions with the management of the AG2R La Mondiale team, it became clear to me that I needed to recharge myself physically and mentally to come back stronger next season. The level of competitiveness that I want to reach requires freshness in all areas. I will take advantage of the next few weeks to rest, while continuing to remain physically active, and define the contours of a 2020 season that looks already very exciting. I thank the team, staff, team partners, and the fans for their trust in me and support throughout the season."

The team manager of the team Vincent Lavenu thinks this is a good call. "Romain Bardet has been the cornerstone of the team for several seasons," he explained. "He commits to his profession indisputable energy and determination. The polka dot jersey, won with conviction and with the support of the team in a sometimes difficult sporting context, once again underlines all his qualities as a sportsman and a man. He has thus fully assumed his role as leader.

"After conscientiously analyzing his season with the sports and medical staff, it appeared that it was necessary for Romain to put an end to his racing in 2019. It is a thoughtful and well-considered decision that will allow us to define with him the profile of the 2020 season and its goals, which will be high as always."
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