Tour de France - Oliver Naesen saves the day for Romain Bardet
Jul 18 2017 05:56 pm CET

Tour de France - Oliver Naesen saves the day for Romain Bardet
Tour de France - Oliver Naesen saves the day for Romain Bardet
Photo of Oliver Naesen by AG2R-La Mondiale

AG2R La Mondiale's Oliver Naesen was of great importance to French Tour de France hope Romain Bardet in Tuesday's Stage 16.

Naesen helped Bardet limit the damage caused by the wind, and his leader eventually finished with the rest of the General Classification favorites.

"We lost each other for a moment," Naesen said about the situation caused by the wind in the opening phase of the stage.

"We knew where we were supposed to be; I had clearly said where we should be at the front. He was on the right side in the wind and I was on the left, out of the wind. We looked at each other and I told him to get in my wheel and it will be okay. And in the end it was okay.

"It took a while until we were really out of the wind and in the group. A few tried to escape ahead of us so you have to close those gaps. It's a matter of yelling, shouting, and making sure you're in the wheel. I'm relieved that we could do it."

Bardet was immediately surrounded by mostly French journalists after the stage, but Naesen already knew that the 26-year-old was very happy with the Belgian champion.

"Romain is the French hope, the French super star. If you see the amount of people at our hotel every day it is impressive. You see that he is always surrounded but in the last kilometer he already shouted at me that I saved his life. So I think he is happy."




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