Bardet: Third Week Of Tour De France Will Be Hardest Ever

Romain Bardet speaks to the media in Brussels

AG2R La Mondiale team leader Romain Bardet arrived at his press conference in Brussels on Thursday morning seemingly without major confidence that he can claim overall victory at the Tour de France . Throughout the season, AG2R La Mondiale have been confronted with riders crashing out and that clearly didn’t make for a fantastic atmosphere as the French team approached the Grand Départ in Brussels. As a result, the team are aiming to hunt for stage wins rather than focusing solely on the general classification with Bardet. Bardet has twice finished on the podium of the Tour, placing second in 2016 and third in 2017, but he could only manage sixth overall last year. Once again, he is targeting the general classification, but a stage win is a goal too. The Frenchman won stages in 2015, 2016 and 2017. "My ambition to get a good placing in GC doesn’t conflict ...

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