'It became clear I need to regenerate myself': Romain Bardet ends his 2019 season after Tour disappointment

The Frenchman says he has not satisfied the goals he set himself for the season

Romain Bardet at the 2019 Tour de France (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)

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Romain Bardet has brought his 2019 season to a close, saying he needs to "regenerate" to come back stronger in 2020 following what he describes as a disappointing season.

The Ag2r La Mondiale based his season around the Tour de France yet failed to match up to his GC competitors, often being one of the first climbers to be dropped.

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