Romain Bardet To Race Giro d'Italia, Skip Tour de France

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French hope Romain Bardet said Wednesday he would miss the 2020 Tour de France, focusing instead on the Giro d'Italia, the Tokyo Olympics and the World Championships.

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Bardet, 29, the last Frenchman to win a podium place on the Tour with second place in 2016 and third the following year, said he was looking for "new horizons" next year but would be back for the 2021 Tour.

Last year he finished 15th overall in a disappointing Tour with his French outfit AG2R La Mondiale, despite standing out as best climber.

"It has not been simple to give up the Tour de France, which has brought so much and which is a race I love profoundly," he said.

"But it is healthy to take a break from the beautiful story that links me to the race, all the better to return the following year."

Bardet, who called an end to his season after the last Tour in July, will return to competition at the Tour Down Under in Australia from January 21-26. Other key dates are the Giro from May 9-31, the Olympics from July 24 to August 9 and the September 22-29 World Championships.

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Cycling teams have demanded an increase in out of competition blood tests, insisting Wednesday that they fear the "existence of mafia doping protocols outside of the teams' structures".   

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Photo Gallery: Cyclocross In The Cityscape Of Kortrijk

The third round of the 2019 - 2020 DVV series was a unique scene for a Belgian cyclocross race. Instead of sprawling rutted fields in the wintery countryside, riders raced in the shadows of high rise apartment buildings, across bridges and past bars and restaurants. Urban Cross is a brand new race that the DVV series unveiled along the Leie River in Kortrijk, Belgium. 

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The DVV Trofee unveiled a brand new cyclocross course on Saturday in Kortrijk, Belgium. The course was aptly named “Urban Cross” as it jumped from bank to bank of the Leie River incorporating bridges, roundabouts, criterium-like paved sections and long straightaways, on top of a healthy mix of mud and sand. 

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Marianne Vos Announces Cyclocross Calendar

Marianne Vos, the seven time world cyclocross champion recently announced her 2019 - 2020 cyclocross program. Vos will debut at the Ethias Cross Essen on December 7th which will be streamed live and on demand on FloBikes. 

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