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by Mark Zalewski
February 10, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: ‘I like round numbers:’ Roche pinpoints desired career end point; Mark Gunter Photographer of the Year Awards: Young Cyclist Assistance recipients announced; CyclingTips podcast, Episode 25: Risk vs reward: What drives amateur bike racers to risk life and limb?; Impey, Moolman-Pasio win South African TT titles; No culture of fear at British Cycling according to former coach; Chairman of British Cycling steps down; Tour de France stage winner Serge Baguet dies at 47; Bardet ready to start racing; Route change for Tour de Langkawi; Motorist charged with killing two cyclists routinely drove while drinking; Study claims psychological problems for people who post fitness achievements on social media; Hydrographics on a bike frame; Abu Dhabi Tour teaser video.
AG2R La Mondiale’s Romain Bardet delayed the start of his 2017 season, making him all that more anxious and ready to kick off his season racing the upcoming pair of Middle Eastern races.
“Along with the management and my coach, we decided to postpone my return to racing by a little bit, and then kick off with these two stage races where there will be hot weather that will allow me to prepare in excellent conditions with a view towards being ready for Paris-Nice,” he said.
“The sensations in the legs are good for February; I have not been sick or had any physical issues; the training camps with the team were great and helped us mold together as a hardworking unit … now it is just time for us to validate all this in competition.”
Bardet will begin his racing next week at the Tour of Oman, where he was runner-up in 2016, then head to the recently upgraded Abu Dhabi Tour for his first WorldTour race.
“It’s time to pin on a number — I have been training hard since the beginning of November after having taken a good break from cycling. I feel good, neither ahead nor late in my preparation.”