'GC is not the goal' — Romain Bardet and DSM will hunt stage wins at the Tour de France

Frenchman returns to home Grand Tour for the first time since 2020 next month

Romain Bardet
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There is a strong case to be made that if Romain Bardet had not been forced out of the Giro d'Italia with illness, the Frenchman would have gone onto win the race. 

He was looking in his best form for years, had just come off the back of a win at the Tour of the Alps, and was flying high on general classification as the race meandered towards its crucial final week. His rivals were either unproven or flawed, and there was a consensus that he was finally back at the top.

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