Oliver Naesen ready to lead AG2R La Mondiale in Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne
Feb 28 2019 05:51 am CET

Oliver Naesen ready to lead AG2R La Mondiale in Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne
Oliver Naesen ready to lead AG2R La Mondiale in Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne
AG2R La Mondiale © Jonathan Roorda / CyclingPub.com

Oliver Naesen is ready to lead AG2R La Mondiale in Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne. The Belgian rider has already reached a top ten positions in one-day races in the past.

Naesen has a palmares that includes top-ten placements in races like the E3 Harelbeke, the Grand Prix Cycliste de Montreal, Bretagne Classic-Ouest-France and Eschborn-Frankfurt. The rider started his 2019 season with the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana and the Tour of Oman, before facing the first classics.

"All my winter preparation has gone well," the Belgian rider commented. "And I am very satisfied with the form that I had during my first two races of the season. Since the beginning of the week, Silvan Dillier and Gediminas Bagdonas have been with me in Belgium. They came directly after Oman. This has allowed us to ride together and in particular to reconnoitre the important passages of E3 and Dwars door Vlaanderen.

"These days none of us get to spend much time at home, so I really appreciate their willingness to come here a few days early ahead of the opening of the classics season.

Everyone is ready to go, and it will pay dividends. Personally, I would love to win a real classic. I am calm and focused now that this period is beginning."

Stijn Vandenbergh has started at the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad since 2008, so this year will the 12th time he is at the race. "My best memory is from the 2013 edition where I took 2nd place," he said.

AG2R La Mondiale's roster for Omloop Het Nieuwsblad (Second of March):

Oliver Naesen
Dorian Gordon
Silvan Dillier
Julien Duval
Alexis Gougeard
Stijn Vandenbergh
Nico Denz

Roster for Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne (Third of March):

Oliver Naesen
Dorian Godon
Silvan Dillier
Gediminas Bagdonas
Clement Venturini
Stijn Vandenbergh
Nico Denz




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