Romain Bardet finally find the Tour de France, which starts this Friday in Copenhagen. Well back in training after his sad retirement on the Tour of Italy – while he seemed in the form of his life – the climber of the DSM-Team does not put pressure on himself for the general classification and wants to approach these three weeks of racing in an offensive way, with the key to a stage victory. Glad to be back on the Big loop after giving priority to Giro and the Vuelta last year, the native of Brioude spoke about his state of mind and his ambitions at a press conference this Thursday morning.
Video – Romain Bardet before the Grand Départ of the Tour de France 2022!
“We focus on the stages. I want to run without thinking about the next day”
“We had a great presentation yesterday, it was very nice. Finding the atmosphere of the Tour, it’s true that I missed it last year, to be honest. We realize that this is the major event of the year. And I think I also needed that year of hindsight to appreciate the greatness of it even more. It did me good. I approach this new participation with even more desire and the eyes of rediscovered children.“, told Bardet, before returning to its preparation. “Of course, a week without a bike at the end of May is not ideal. Now we did everything we could in training, I’m happy. I was able to train as I wanted. But the revealer, it will be the race, we will see how I am compared to the peloton“.
The objective is clear for the French: the stages but not the general. “We focus on the steps. The approach has not changed, especially since I have no real certainty about my level and this first week. I want to run without thinking about tomorrow. So I’m not thinking of the general. I’m going to run like we ran the Vuelta last year, offensively. Every day, we will work for each other. These first days, I will have a role of team member. We want to have a good race together. I will have my luck in the mountains. The Alps of Huez? A mythical place of the Tour. I love the ambiance, the atmosphere. The pass itself, nothing more. I prefer the Granon in terms of ascent“.
ðŸŽ™ðŸ‡«ðŸ‡· @romainbardet “It was a great presentation yesterday, I missed that last year. I’m very happy, it’s the major event of the year.
I’m going to start this Tour with childlike wonder. I’m ready to attack” #TDF2022 pic.twitter.com/NUGabooXFB
— Tour de France™ (@LeTour) June 30, 2022
“The absence of Julian? It will make his return to the Tour even more beautiful!”
A Round that Romain Bardet won’t share with Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl), too fair to return after it fell on Liege-Bastogne-Liege. The one who came first to the aid of the world champion at the end of April had a few words for his friend. “Julian’s absence is inevitably damaging for the world of cycling in general, and for French cycling in particular. We are lucky to have one of the greatest riders in the peloton, who proudly wears the rainbow jersey. He will be missed by the Tour and by all enthusiasts. It’s been many years that he shines on each edition, that he shines the race. But we know that these are also the vagaries of a high-level career, and that will make his return to the Tour even more beautiful!“