Former Tour de France runner-up Romain Bardet will race the Giro d’Italia for the first time in May, his team DSM confirmed on Wednesday.
The 30-year-old Frenchman will line up alongside new teammate in Australian Jai Hindley, who came a narrow second on the 2020 Giro.
Bardet came second on the Tour in 2016 and was third a year later and has raced the last nine ‘Grand Boucles’.
He joins an impressive list of top cyclists set to race the three-week Giro that embarks from Turin on May 8 with Simon Yates, Dan Martin, Egan Bernal and Thibaut Pinot amongst them.
It remains possible for Bardet to compete at the Tour, but he is likely to race at the Olympic Games in Tokyo, where he would be a contender for the men’s road event.