Romain Bardet to skip Giro d'Italia to focus on Tour de France in 2019

The Frenchman has never ridden the Giro in his career, but says the Tour route suits him better

Romain Bardet in his Legende helmet at the end of stage 11. Photo Sunada

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Frenchman Romain Bardet (Ag2r La Mondiale) will skip an opportunity to debut in the Giro d'Italia to focus on the Tour de France again in 2019.

Bardet, second in the 2016 Tour de France behind Chris Froome (Sky) and sixth in 2018, could not resist his home race after seeing the route announced.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.