Romain Bardet‘s road to the
Tour de France begins this week, with the French public’s big
hope for La Grande Boucle set to do a reconnaissance of the Tour’s
key Pyrenean mountain stages, followed by his annual training camp
in Spain’s Sierra Nevada mountains with a number of his
AG2R La Mondiale teammates next week.
According to L’Equipe, Bardet spent an entire week off the bike
following Liège-Bastogne-Liège, which signalled the end of his
spring campaign, but then returned to training this week, which
included scouting out the last 30 kilometres of stage 9 of this
year’s Tour, which finishes in his hometown of Brioude in the
Haute-Loire, south of Clermont-Ferrand.
Keeping with the family theme, Bardet was then headed to recon
some of this year’s Tour stages in the Pyrenees with his father,
before moving on to the Sierra Nevada mountains in southern Spain
for a high-altitude training camp, as he’s done every year since
Set to join him there, according to L’Equipe, are Benoît
Cosnefroy, Alexandre Geniez, Mikaël Chérel, Classics stars Oliver
Naesen and Silvan Dillier, and the 2018 Tour’s best young rider,
Pierre Latour, giving more than a small hint as to the riders
likely to feature in the team’s eight-rider squad for July.
“I needed a rest, and I now feel refreshed,” Bardet told the
French sports newspaper. “I have five weeks before my next race”
– the Critérium du Dauphiné – “and so I’ve got a big block of
training ahead of me, but I love this period.
“The real season starts here for me, and, from now on, every day
is about working to arrive at the Tour de France in the best
possible condition,” he said.
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