Romain Bardet told team he was thinking about quitting racing following Tour de France disappointment

The Frenchman has ended his season early to refocus for next year

Romain Bardet at the Tour de France 2019 (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

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Despite picking up the polka dot jersey at the Tour de France, becoming the third Frenchman to do it in as many years, Romain Bardet stepped off the podium and told his Ag2r La Mondiale team bosses he was contemplating quitting racing.

The 28-year-old has already announced the premature end of his season, saying he needs to refocus for 2020 after what he has described as a disappointing season, having finished in 15th place and more than 30 minutes down on Egan Bernal (Ineos) at the Tour de France, the race he based his year around attempting to win.

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