There is an article today where Bardet is talking about the Giro, but his manager is pooh poohing the idea. I believe the same happened with Pinot. The list of French riders who have and could podium at a Tour was pretty sparse until the last few years. It seems that because of their sponsors/teams it is mandatory they ride the Tour in their best possible form. In the last few years Froome, Contador and Quintana for one reason or another have gone to the Vuelta for the win, the Giro is the best chance for someone else to win a Grand Tour at the moment. It seems like a waste of an opportunity, though I guess considering the way their teams are constructed it is a Catch 22. If they went elsewhere would they be A listed, perhaps not, but they would get to ride a more diverse calendar. A BMC might give them the Giro, as one example, though the Tour would not be in the cards with the Anglo focus and Porte and VanGarderen (prior to this season at least).