Romain Bardet to prepare for Tour de France cobbles by riding race with no cobbles

Tour de France GC hopeful looking to Strade Bianche for a risk-free Classics experience

Romain Bardet attacks on stage 15 of the Tour de France

(Image credit: Yuzuru Sunada)

With the 2018 Tour de France route including a tough ninth stage featuring 15 sectors of cobbles, a few of the GC contenders might be tempted to head to Paris-Roubaix, or at least some of the Flemish Classics, to get a taste of racing on the brutal pavé.

However Romain Bardet will not be among them, as the third place finisher from the 2017 race looks to prepare with another race that will see him rubbing shoulders with the Classics specialists, but not have to face the cobblestones themselves.

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Henry Robertshaw began his time at Cycling Weekly working with the tech team, writing reviews, buying guides and appearing in videos advising on how to dress for the seasons. He later moved over to the news team, where his work focused on the professional peloton as well as legislation and provision for cycling. He's since moved his career in a new direction, with a role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.