Milano-Sanremo - Oliver Naesen: I have no regrets
Mar 24 2019 02:42 am CET

Milano-Sanremo - Oliver Naesen: I have no regrets
Milano-Sanremo - Oliver Naesen: I have no regrets
AG2R La Mondiale © Jonathan Roorda / CyclingPub.com

AG2R La Mondiale's Oliver Naesen sprinted to the second position at Milano-Sanremo. The Belgian rider was in the front group at the last kilometres of the race and crossed the finish line just behind Julian Alaphilippe.

La Primavera was unpredictable and a selected group of riders arrived to the final kilometre after surviving the attacks on the Poggio. Naesen was one of those riders and he crossed the finish line behind Alaphilippe and ahead of Team Sky's Michal Kwiatkowski.

"I have no regrets," commented the rider. "I did my best to be on the podium. I never made a mistake during the entire race. In the sprint, I had room to produce my effort. But I could never get past Julian's rear wheel. I saw who was going to win Milan San-Remo, and I could do nothing about it. It's a funny feeling.

After the day's performance, the Belgian rider knows his shape and looks forward to next week's races. "I feel very strong right now, I'm not stressed at all," Naesen explained. "I'm comfortable and I try to encourage the same feeling for my teammates.

"We rode really well together all day, and we perfectly paced the Cipressa. After a very good Paris Nice, I was expecting to be in front today. With the legs I have right now, I cannot wait to race in Flanders next week with the E3 BinckBank Classic and Gent Wevelgem."




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