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by Matt de Neef
December 12, 2016
In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Van Aert and Cant victorious at Essen CX meet; BMC confirms its 2017 roster; Astana reveals its final roster for the 2017 season; Bardet’s Giro plans on hold, will again race the Tour in 2017; Nathan Haas on learning from Edvald Boasson-Hagen; Sean Lake targeting Australian Road Nationals time trial; Parcours revealed for 2017 Tour de Romandie; David Rebellin signs with Kuwait-Cartucho.es Continental team; Ag2r-La Mondiale trainee killed while hiking; How wildcard places were awarded in WorldTour races in 2016.
While Tour de France runner-up Romain Bardet was hoping to race the 100th edition of the Giro d’Italia in 2017, it appears the Frenchman is instead set to target his home Grand Tour once more.
Bardet and his Ag2r-La Mondiale team revealed over the weekend that Bardet will ride the Tour de France in 2017, as well as Paris-Nice, the Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco, Liege-Bastogne-Liege, the Tour de Romandie and the Critérium du Dauphiné.
“As with past seasons, the Tour de France will be the objective with the highest priority for the season,” Bardet said in a team press release. “In coming to that decision, we had a serious discussion with the team management and my coach to talk about the stakes involved and to put everything into perspective.
“What is certain is that I will not be participating in the Giro d’Italia, which I considered doing for a time. I want to discover the Italian race in particular, but it proved more interesting to us, for the immediate future, to choose a program that will resemble, in broad strokes at least, the sort of program I’ve followed in previous seasons.”