Romain Bardet lands at Team Sunweb with a two-year contract
Aug 11 2020 05:45 am CET

Romain Bardet lands at Team Sunweb with a two-year contract
Romain Bardet lands at Team Sunweb with a two-year contract
Photo of Romain Bardet by the A.S.O.

Team Sunweb has announced the signing of French rider Romain Bardet for two years starting in 2021.

Bardet has showed to be one of the best climbers in the world, which has taken him to win three stages of the Tour de France, finish second and third on the General Classification of the race and climb the Polka-Dot jersey of the King of the Mountains. But the rider has also shown his versatility in one-day races, finishing second in the World Championships of Innsbruck and in Strade Bianche and third at Liege-Bastogne-Liege.

"I am very happy to have signed for Team Sunweb. When considering options outside my current team, it was really important for me to find a team that works progressively, involving the latest technology in equipment and other domains," said Bardet. "I also wanted a team with a clear vision on the sport and one that is a member of MPCC (Movement for Clean Cycling). At Team Sunweb I have the opportunity to start with no specific expectations or a specific race to target.

"Instead we will focus first on the basics and the fundamentals, working hard and with dedication to improve on all different areas as an athlete – after this we will look to race schedules and goals. This opportunity comes at the right moment in my career, and I am very motivated to start working with the team and its group of very promising riders. I want to express my thanks to my current team AG2R La Mondiale, who helped me to develop until now, my time with them will always have a special place in my memories."

Sunweb's general manager Iwan Spekenbrink welcomed the signing of the French rider. "We are very excited that Romain joins the team," he said. "He is a great rider who brings many possibilities, versatile qualities and a very respective palmarès. Our talks together have shown that he is very dedicated to give it his all and get the most out of his potential, and he is eager for our specialists to work with him to focus on improvements so that he can reach that.

"He will be a great addition for the team in a multitude of races; with him we strengthen our block of current options in the finales and tactically have multiple scenarios to try to win. It will be hard work, with some classics in the first part of the season, and then we’ll assess and plan the next block, including deciding which grand tour to tackle, with which goals. He comes from a respectable, professional environment at AG2R La Mondiale, who have done a very good job with Romain and we hope and believe to keep building on that."