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Romain Bardet to race inaugural Mont Ventoux one-day race

Joe Robinson
30 May 2019

French GC talent first big name to confirm for new race

Romain Bardet is the first major name to confirm his participation in the inaugural Mont Ventoux Denivele Challenges one-day race next month. The twice podium finisher at the Tour de France will lead AG2R La Mondiale at this brand new one-day race that finishes at the summit of Mont Ventoux.

The new race will be 173km long from Vaison-La-Romaine to Mont Ventoux. The course will tackle seven classified climbs en route with a total elevation of 4,300m.

With its unique finish atop one of France's toughest mountains, it is expected to attract climbers like Bardet who are often limited in the number of one-day Classics they can win.

Race organiser Nicolas Garcera believes attracting a name like Bardet could help secure the new race's place the calendar and attract bigger teams in the future.

'We are delighted that a rider like Romain Bardet has decided to participate in our race,' said Garcera. 'Our course and the attraction of Mont Ventoux leave no one indifferent and we know that the public and viewers will live a great moment in a unique setting.'

Joining Bardet will be recent Giro d'Italia stage winner Nans Peters and Geoffrey Bouchard. 

This edition will see three WorldTour teams in attendance. Alongside AG2R La Mondiale will be fellow French team Groupama-FDJ and American team Education First.

Neither has yet confirmed their rosters for the race.

The race has managed to attract some of the strongest ProContinental teams with Total Direct Energie, Caja Rural and Cofidis all scheduled to start. 

Taking place on the 17th June, the Ventoux Challenge is likely to be Bardet's last race before the Tour de France which starts on 6th July in Brussels, Belgium.

The 28-year-old will head to the Tour looking to improve on his podium spots in both 2016 and 2017 and take a first Yellow Jersey for France since Bernard Hinault in 1985.