Gallopin confident for Tour despite crash at French national championships

Tony Gallopin is bundled up against the cold at Paris-Nice

AG2R La Mondiale 's Tony Gallopin is confident he will be able to race in the Tour de France despite fracturing a rib in a crash during the French elite men's road race championships on Sunday. Gallopin suffered contusions to his left side and an undisplaced rib fracture on his right side. Providing he recovers, the 30-year-old Frenchman will start his eighth Tour de France on Saturday, and will be hoping to add another stage victory to the one he won at the 2014 Tour, as well as supporting team leader Romain Bardet to help him improve on his third place of last year. After four seasons with Belgian outfit Lotto Soudal, Gallopin made the decision to join AG2R La Mondiale this year, with his role there being to help Oliver Naesen in the Classics and Bardet at the Tour. Gallopin also wanted the opportunity to chase victories for himself, ...

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