ROMAIN BARDET : "Calm start to the 2020 season”
"I haven’t taken part in a race since July 28th when the Tour de France finished on the Champs Elysées. 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. 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. 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.”ROMAIN BARDET
Andrea Vendrame will race his first event iwith AG2R La Mondiale Cycling Team. The other 2020 recruits for the team are Lawrence Naesen Harry Tanfield, Clément Champoussin, a member of the Chambéry Cyclisme Formation will join the professionals with AG2R La Mondiale on April 1st.
Training camp in Spain
The AG2R La Mondiale team, with the exception of the riders participating in the Australian races, will be attending a training camp at Altea near Alicante, in Spain, from January 16th to 24th.