Romain Bardet to lead Ag2r La Mondiale at Tour de France as French team announce squad

The Frenchman's chances of victory will be bolstered by the absence of both Chris Froome and Tom Dumoulin

Romain Bardet during stage eight of the Critérium du Dauphiné 2019 (Photo by Tim de Waele/Getty Images)

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Ag2r La Mondiale have announced their squad for the upcoming Tour de France, where they will be looking to help Romain Bardet deliver France's first victory in their home Grand Tour since Bernhard Hinault in 1985.

The Frenchman has finished on the podium twice in his career, coming second to Chris Froome in 2016 and third the following year.

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