Already deprived of Julian Alaphilippe, Thomas Voeckler, the coach of the France road cycling team, could also have to compose without Romain Bardet in Tokyo on July 24 for the online event of the Olympic Games.
Who will be on Thomas Voeckler’s list for the Olympic Games in road cycling (time trial and road race)? The coach of the Blues has five names to tick. Names that will be known by early July at the latest.
In the meantime, while Julian Alaphilippe had already declined any participation in May, it could be the same for Romain Bardet, twice on the Tour de France podium and vice-world champion in 2018 in Innsbruck behind Alejandro Valverde, according to information from RMC Sport.
At the origin of this decision, a fairly simple observation for the Brivadois climber of the Dutch team DSM: the impossibility of chaining while being at 100%, the Olympic objective with that of the Tour of Spain whose start will be given in Burgos on August 14, just three weeks after the online event at the Olympic Games.
Bardet’s team did not plan to go to the Olympics
DSM, the employer of Romain Bardet, has simply not planned for his climber, 7th in the last Tour of Italy, a participation in the Olympic Games. And recently touched a word with the staff of the France team. “A firm and final decision” according to a source familiar with the matter, even if an improbable turnaround cannot be completely ruled out. Keep in mind that the DSM team is a team with fairly clear lines, and which is used to sticking without deviating an inch from the caps set by its management.
Without Alaphilippe, and perhaps therefore without Romain Bardet, Thomas Vockler will still have to compose a formation with runners with climber profiles. The Tokyo road race has a 234-kilometer course with 4,865 meters of elevation gain.