Romain Bardet: I'm joining Sunweb because I wanted to have a new experience abroad

ROCAMADOUR FRANCE AUGUST 04 Arrival Romain Bardet of France and Team Ag2R La Mondiale during the 44th La Route dOccitanie La Depeche du Midi 2020 Stage 4 a 195km stage from Lectoure to RocamadourCauvaldorLot 295m RouteOccitanie RDO2020 on August 04 2020 in Rocamadour France Photo by Justin SetterfieldGetty Images
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"A question on 2020? Thank you very much!" Romain Bardet exclaimed a few minutes into his video press conference on Tuesday afternoon, when questions about his transfer to Sunweb had subsided, giving way to a discussion of the Critérium du Dauphiné, which gets under way on Wednesday.

With the bulk of this pandemic-interrupted season still to come, Bardet was reluctant to cast his mind forward to 2021, but he could surely understand the interest in his future, not least because the stars of French cycling have long tended to spend entire careers on one team.

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Barry Ryan
Head of Features

Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation, published by Gill Books.