Following a remarkable podium finish in E3 Harelbeke, Oliver Naesen (AG2R) is looking forward to the Tour of Flanders this Sunday.
“I had great legs at Gent-Wevelgem, but the result did not show it in the end,” he said. “I am still satisfied with what I have accomplished in the past couple of races, especially at E3 Harelbeke where I managed to get a place on the podium.”
“I think I have turned a corner; I was hoping to be at this level at the beginning of the season. I am all ready for the Ronde van Vlaanderen, I know the roads by heart and my condition is there. It will be a long day of racing, more than six hours, in order to stay well position till the end.
“We will do a reconnaissance of the course during the week to refresh our memories of the route again. What’s the difference between this past week’s races and the Tour of Flanders? I will not brake in the corners!”
AG2R La Mondiale roster for Tour of Flanders: Gediminas Bagdonas, Rudy Barbier, Nico Denz, Julien Duval, Alexis Gougeard, Hugo Houle, Oliver Naesen, Stijn Vandenbergh.