Romain Bardet ready for 'calm start' to season at Tour Down Under

Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) at the 2019 Tour de France
Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) at the 2019 Tour de France (Image credit: Getty Images)

AG2R La Mondiale's Romain Bardet will race at the Tour Down Under for the first time in his career next week, and says that he's raring to go having not raced since the Tour de France in late July, where he finished as the race's 'king of the mountains'.

"I've been in Australia since December 28 with [AG2R teammates] Clément Chevrier, Axel Domont and Larry Warbasse, where we've been able to acclimatise to the summer conditions and even heatwaves," said Bardet on his team's website. "I'm happy to be here to discover the Tour Down Under, which is a popular event that's eagerly awaited here, despite the environmental disaster that's affecting Australia today.

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