Romain Bardet : “Close the season in beautiful surroundings”
“I like the Tour of Lombardy. It is a magnificent classic, selective and intense, which contains all the charm of the Italian races. I finished fourth in 2016 and I hope to be able to influence the race even if the course has changed. In the wake of my second place at the World Championships, I feel that my physical condition is good. To keep fresh, I preferred not to race the GP Beghelli, which initially wasn’t even part of my race program. I hope to end my season in style, to have a strong finish to a year that has been the most consistent since the beginning of my career.”ROMAIN BARDET
Romain Bardet finished all 21 events in which he competed in 2018. He has placed 26 times in the top 10. This represents 62 days of racing. Since his professional debut in 2012, he has abandoned only two races.
Stephen Barrett joins the Performance department
Stephen Barrett will start next season in the Performance department of the AG2R LA MONDIALE team. The Irishman is 33 years old and has been a triathlete and track racer at the highest level, which included representing his country at the World Championships. Barrett earned a doctorate in exercise physiology, and has been the director of the performance at Acqua Blue since 2016. “We were looking for someone who has strong scientific skills while having the experience with a professional team. Stephen has this double advantage…
as well as having a good Francophile spirit”, explains Jean-Baptiste Quiclet, director of Performance at the AG2R LA MONDIALE team. “It’s a huge challenge for me to have the opportunity to work with a UCI WorldTour team of the caliber of AG2R LA MONDIALE. I want to bring my experience in order to add value in everything related to performance improvement, especially in the fields of textiles and equipment,” says Stephen Barrett.
Tre Valli Varesine: Mathias Frank 5th
Mathias Frank took fifth place in the Tre Valli Varesine. “The new route is more difficult than the previous one. We were racing pretty fast, and it was very hard. I anticipated and attacked early in the final in order to make the race tougher, but then I ran out of strength,” Mathias Frank says. Alexandre Geniez finished in 16th place and Romain Bardet in 23rd.