Vincent Lavenu, general manager of the AG2R La Mondiale team, announced today in Vaujany (Isère) where the team is taking part in its traditional team building training camp in Oisans, the main outline of Romain Bardet’s program for the 2020 season.Romain Bardet will have three major goals, the Giro d’Italia (May 9-31), the road race at the Tokyo Olympics (July 25), and the UCI Road World Championships in Martigny (September 27). He will start his season at the Santos Tour Down Under (January 21-26) in Australia, and will race his first races in Europe with the Tour International cycliste du Var et des Alpes Maritimes (February 20-23) followed by the Boucles Drôme Ardèche (February 29 / March 1). He will also participate in the Vuelta a España but will not take part in the Tour de France this season.
VINCENT LAVENU : “A collaborative and well-considered decision”
“Romain Bardet’s program for the 2020 season was built in a concerted and deliberate way by the general management and the sports directors of the team taking into account his personal aspirations. He will concentrate on the Giro d’Italia, the Olympic Games and the World Championships, whose courses correspond well to his qualities. We know that he will approach the year 2020 with hunger and determination, and that he will once again be a major and ambitious player in the peloton throughout the year. Romain will not compete in the Tour de France this year, where since his first participation in 2013, he has always demonstrated a very high level of performance and outstanding commitment. We will nevertheless approach la Grande Boucle with confidence and ambition, faithful to our values with, in particular, a rider like Pierre Latour whose immense potential and positive mindset we know well.”VINCENT LAVENU
ROMAIN BARDET : “Opening new horizons”
“I have never hidden my desire to participate in the Giro d’Italia in my best condition, with the desire to shine. It is time to open new horizons, and dividing up the season with these three major objectives, is exciting. It was not easy to give up the Tour de France, which has brought me so much, and which is a race that I love deeply. But is seemed like a good time to open a parenthesis to the beautiful story that connects me to this race, with the intention of coming back even better next year. My 2020 racing program, built in coordination with the management of the AG2R La Mondiale team, is coherent and ambitious, and I am looking forward to returning to racing in Australia.”ROMAIN BARDET