Romain Bardet has signed a two-year contract with Team Sunweb, the team announced today.
The 29 year-old French rider has spent his career to-date with AG2R La Mondiale having made his pro debut in 2012. He has made the podium at the Tour de France twice, finishing in 2nd place in 2016 and 3rd in 2017. In addition, he has also finished in the top ten on three other occasions. He has won three stages and claimed the polka dot jersey as King of the Mountains last year.
Bardet has also excelled in one-day races, including taking silver at the World Championships in Innsbruck in 2018, third place at Liège-Bastogne-Liège in 2018, second place in brutal conditions at Strade Bianche in 2018 and fourth at Il Lombardia in 2016.
Romain Bardet: “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. I also wanted a team with a clear vision on the sport and one that is a member of MPCC. 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.”
Iwan Spekenbrink: “We are very excited that Romain joins the team. 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.”