According to information from L’Equipe, Romain Bardet (DSM) should in particular skip the Tour de France to discover the Giro.
What if Romain Bardet skipped the Tour de France for the first time since 2013? This possibility had already been considered last year, when the Frenchman, now aged 30, was still competing under the colors of the AG2R-La Mondiale formation, with whom he raced for the last nine years. Finally, due to the coronavirus pandemic, which continues to be rife throughout the world today, the runner then had to review his plans.
He had thus taken part in the Grande Boucle to the detriment in particular of the Giro, which he should have discovered. Eventually, this discovery could come this year, according to information from The team. Romain Bardet would indeed sacrifice the Tour de France, to focus on the Tour of Italy, which will take place from May 8 to 30. The new DSM rider, a team he joined this winter and which was previously known as Sunweb, could make his debut in his new tunic, during one-day races.
The Giro then the Vuelta for Bardet
Initially, it will be a question of competing in a race on the cobblestones, namely the Het Nieuwsblad Circuit, on February 27, for the opening of the season in Belgium. It is his 25th place for his very first participation in the Tour of Flanders, on October 18, which would have given him this desire, according to information from the French sports daily. Then, he would follow up with the Strade Bianche, scheduled for March 6. Two races which would therefore launch its 2021 season. He would then stay in Italy, to follow with Tirreno-Adriatico (March 10-16) rather than Paris-Nice. The goal is to prepare for the Giro. For the second time only after 2019, the Auvergnat, who would also consider running the Vuelta (August 14 – September 5), should not participate in any stage race during this month of February. Currently, Bardet is in altitude training, with his team, near the Teide volcano in the Canaries.