Bardet: There's less pressure on me when racing in Italy

Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale)

Romain Bardet ( AG2R La Mondiale ) continued his love affair with Italian racing at Tirreno-Adriatico with a gutsy ride on the uphill finish on stage 3 to Trevi. One of the first words uttered by the Frenchman after wheeling to a stop outside his team bus – despite the lung-busting effort that netted him a solid eighth place – was 'magnifique'. A quick swig of Italian spring water and he was on the rollers, and waxing lyrical of his new-found affection for Italian racing. Racing in Italy, especially in a stage racing format, has been a rare occurrence for the 27-year-old so far in his career. "I'm really enjoying my time in Italy, and it's all looking good for the rest of the season. It's a really nice area, I love Italy and there's less pressure here for me than in France," Bardet told Cyclingnews . Bardet has been ...

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