Silvan Dillier continues Classics preparation at Tour of Oman
Feb 13 2019 09:07 pm CET

Silvan Dillier continues Classics preparation at Tour of Oman
Silvan Dillier continues Classics preparation at Tour of Oman
AG2R La Mondiale © Mary Cárdenas / CyclingPub.com

Silvan Dillier will be one of the main men of AG2R La Mondiale for the Tour of Oman. The Swiss rider aims to continue his preparation ahead of the Classic season.

Dillier was one of the stars of the fourth stage of the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana by being part of the breakaway and remaining in front on his own until the last kilometres of the day. "I just finished the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana and I am pretty satisfied with how I am feeling," he commented. "I was able to have some fun, especially on the 4th stage when I was in the breakaway.

"And really, when you look closely at the circumstances near the end of the stage with that headwind, I wasn't missing that much. These races early in the year are so important in order to prepare for the classics. We can race in good weather, and also have the freedom to put in some hard efforts at the front of the race."

The Swiss rider, who finished in the second position of the 2018 Paris-Roubaix, wants to continue enjoying the races at the beginning of the season in preparation for the classics. "In Oman, the goal will mainly be to have fun again," he explained.

"The pressure isn't so great, unlike the UCI WorldTour races, so it gives you the chance to try more things. And if I have the chance again to take a break all the way to the end, I certainly won't refuse that."

The Tour of Oman will be the first race of the season for Mathias Frank, who finished in the seventh position of the overall classification in 2017.

AG2R La Mondiale's complete roster for the Tour of Oman (16th to 21st of February):

Oliver Naesen
Clement Venturini
Silvan Dillier
Mathias Frank
Julien Duval
Stijn Vandenbergh
Gediminas Bagdonas




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