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Bardet aims to end France’s Tour title drought
January 24, 2019
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Benicasim: France’s top cyclist Romain Bardet told AFP on Tuesday he believes the stars can align in 2019 for him to become the first home winner of the Tour de France since 1985.

The last French winner of cycling’s greatest stage race was Bernard Hinault more than 30 years ago, and Bardet admitted the jokes about it were wearing a little thin as he prepares to challenge Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas of Team Sky.

“We’re sick of hearing about it but to be honest it’s fair enough,” said the AG2R team leader who came second in the 2016 edition and third in 2017.

Bardet was speaking at a team presentation in Spain where he took time out to explain to AFP why his time might have come.

“I’ll need a certain set of circumstances to win the Tour de France, at any rate I’ll need to suffer no bad luck,” he said.

“There is the strength of my adversaries, their collective strength and our collective strength, my own qualities and the need to produce them on the big day, pulling off one great stage, things panning out in your favour,” he added.

“It sounds like a lot, but I believe I can do it because I’ve always been in the top ten,” he pointed out.

Agence France-Presse

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