Romain Bardet to debut with Team DSM at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
Feb 23 2021 07:19 am CET

Romain Bardet to debut with Team DSM at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
Romain Bardet to debut with Team DSM at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
Photo of Romain Bardet (c)Team DSM | Vincent Riemersma

Romain Bardet is set to make his debut with Team DSM at the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, at the opening weekend.

The Frenchman made the move to the team after spending his entire career at AG2R La Mondiale, since 2012. The 30-year-old rider will make his debut with the team and the season -in which he's aiming to target the Giro d'Italia and the Vuelta a España- at the Belgian classic race.

"After a long period of good preparation with some of the guys just back from a solid team altitude block, we're looking forward to opening weekend and the the first cobbled race of the year at Omloop," said DSM's coach Marc Reef. "Romain makes his race debut for the team and for most it's also their season opener. Our main goal is to race aggressively and as a block, like we showed in races last year, in search of a good result.

"It depends on the weather and the direction of the wind, but after every corner a new chance to make a move is there, and we have to ride aggressively to take those chances and opportunities. We have multiple riders that are able to get a good result in the race, but the most important thing is that we do it together and as a block, playing it out tactically so that we can bounce off of each other and use strength in numbers to our advantage."

Team DSM's line-up for the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad (Feburary 27):

Soren Kragh Andersen
Romain Bardet
Tiesj Benoot
Niklas Märkl
Joris Nieuwenhuis
Casper Pedersen
Jasha Sütterlin
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