Romain Bardet to ride Giro d'Italia and miss Tour de France in 2020

The Frenchman is riding the Giro for the first time before targeting the Tokyo Olympics and Road World Championships

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Romain Bardet has opted to ride the Giro d'Italia for the first time in 2020 and will miss the Tour de France.

The Frenchman has ridden the Tour every year since 2013, with second and third place overall finishes in 2016 and 2017 respectively, taking three stage wins along the way as well. He'll now break that consecutive run with his first attempt at the Giro d'Italia, his first target of the year before the Tokyo Olympic road race in July and the World Championships road race in Switzerland in September.

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Richard Windsor

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Richard is digital editor of Cycling Weekly. Joining the team in 2013, Richard became editor of the website in 2014 and coordinates site content and strategy, leading the news team in coverage of the world's biggest races and working with the tech editor to deliver comprehensive buying guides, reviews, and the latest product news.

An occasional racer, Richard spends most of his time preparing for long-distance touring rides these days, or getting out to the Surrey Hills on the weekend on his Specialized Tarmac SL6 (with an obligatory pub stop of course).