Romain Bardet to try new approach for 2020 season as he begins it in Australia
Jan 15 2020 06:48 am CET

Romain Bardet to try new approach for 2020 season as he begins it in Australia
Romain Bardet to try new approach for 2020 season as he begins it in Australia
Photo of Romain Bardet (c) Vincent Curutchet

AG2R La Mondiale is set to start its season in Australia, with Romain Bardet taking a new approach to his season.

The last time that Bardet was in competition was at the 2019 Tour de France, since then he has been training and doing cyclocross and track and now he's ready to return. In the last years, the Frenchman started his season in Europe or Oman, and his 2020 he will start in January with the Tour Down Under and the Schwalbe Classic.

"I haven't taken part in a race since July 28th when the Tour de France finished on the Champs Elysées," Bardet explained. "So I am particularly impatient to pin on the new bib number that will launch me into the 2020 season.

"I have been preparing for many months for this, and have mixed it up a bit by riding track and doing some cyclocross, which has helped in getting me out of my traditional winter pattern. I have been in Australia since December 28th with Clément Chevrier, Axel Domont and Larry Warbasse, where we have been able to acclimatize to the summer conditions and even heat waves."

Bardet is looking forward to riding the Australian race despite the circumstances in the country. "I'm happy to discover the Santos Tour Down Under which is a popular event that is eagerly awaited here despite the environmental disaster that is affecting Australia today," he explained.

"We've seen some of the devastation in various places around Adelaide. I hope that the race will be an additional lever in the solidarity movement emerging all around the globe to help the regions stricken by fire. On the sporting side, I have never before returned to racing so early in the year, but I think that these are the ideal conditions for a calm start to a great 2020 season, progressing day by day on short but hilly stages."

AG2R La Mondiale's roster for the Santos Tour Down Under (January 21-26) and the Schwalbe Classic (January 19):

Romain Bardet
Clement Chevrier
Axel Domont
Ben Gastauer
Andrea Vendrame
Larry Warbasse
Geoffrey Bouchard

For Toward Zero Race (January 30) and the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race (February 2):

Clement Chevrier
Axel Domont
Ben Gastauer
Andrea Vendrame
Larry Warbasse
Geoffrey Bouchard




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